Wisdom from Military Experience

‘If the enemy is in range, so are you.’

– Infantry Journal

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‘It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.’

– US. Air Force Manual

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‘Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.’

– General MacArthur

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‘You, you, and you … Panic. The rest of you, come with me.’

– U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.

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‘Tracers work both ways.’

– U.S. Army Ordinance

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‘Five second fuses only last three seconds.’

– Infantry Journal

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‘Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.’

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‘Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do’

– Unknown Marine Recruit

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‘If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.’

– USAF Ammo Troop

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‘Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.’

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‘You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.’

– Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)

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‘The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.’

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‘When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.’

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‘Never trade luck for skill.’

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The three most common last words in aviation are:

‘Why is it doing that?’

‘Where are we?’

And   ‘Oh, ______!

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‘Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.’

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‘Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we have never left one up there!’

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‘Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.’

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‘The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.’

– Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

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‘If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.’

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As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives; the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, ‘What happened?’ The pilot’s reply: ‘I don’t know, I just got here myself!’

– Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot )

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