Military Wisdom

  1. "A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit."
          -- Army's magazine of preventive maintenance.
  2. "Aim towards the Enemy."
          -- Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher
  3. "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend."
          -- U.S. Marine Corps
  4. "Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground."
          -- USAF Ammo Troop
  5. "If the enemy is in range, so are you."
          -- Infantry Journal
  6. "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed."
          -- U.S. Air Force Manual
  7. "Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
          -- General Douglas Macarthur
  8. "Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo."
          -- Infantry Journal
  9. "You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."
          -- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.
  10. "Tracers work both ways."
          -- U.S. Army Ordnance Manual
  11. "Five second fuses only last three seconds."
          -- Infantry Journal
  12. "Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't ever volunteer to do anything."
          -- U.S. Navy Swabbie
  13. "Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
          -- David Hackworth
  14. "If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush."
          -- Infantry Journal
  15. "No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
          -- Joe Gay
  16. "Any ship can be a minesweeper ... once."
          -- Anonymous
  17. "Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."
          -- Unknown Marine Recruit
  18. "Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you."
          -- Your Buddies
  19. "If you see a bomb technician running, follow him."
          -- USAF Ammo Troop
  20. "Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death . I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
          -- At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base, Kadena, Okinawa
  21. "You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3."
          -- Test Pilot Paul F. Crickmore
  22. "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
  23. "Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky."
          -- An old carrier sailor
  24. "If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter and therefore, unsafe."
  25. "When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
  26. "Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club."
  27. "What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies."
  28. "Never trade luck for skill."
  29. "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."
  30. Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight."
  31. "A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication."
  32. "Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"
  33. "Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."
  34. "Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
  35. "When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."
  36. "Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day."
  37. Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: "When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible."
  38. "The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you."
          -- Northrop Test Pilot Max Stanley
  39. "A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum."
          -- Astronaut Jon McBride
  40. "If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible."
          -- Aerobatic and Test Pilot Bob Hoover
  41. "Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."
  42. "There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime."
          -- Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ,
  43. "If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
  44. Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there."
  45. "You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal."
  46. As the test pilot climbed out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrived, the rescuer saw a bloodied pilot and asked, "What happened?" The pilot replied, "I don't know, I just got here myself!"
          -- Lockheed Test Pilot Ray Crandall
  47. "Without Nuclear Weapons, SAC would be just another unscheduled airline!!"