Military Tech Talk

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.'
-   U.S.  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 Ordnance  
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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, follow  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 80,000 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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'If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage,  
it's probably a helicopter -- and  therefore, unsafe.'  
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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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'Even  with ammunition, the  USAF is just another 
expensive flying  club.'  
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'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.' 
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'Never trade luck for  skill.'  
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The three most  common expressions (or famous last words) 
in aviation are: 'Why is it  doing that?', 'Where are we?'
 and 'Oh S...!' 
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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  never l
eft one up there!'  
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'Flying the  airplane is more important than radioing 
our 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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'There is no  reason to fly through a thunderstorm in  
peacetime.'
-  Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970  
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'If something  hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.' 
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'You know that  your landing gear is up and locked when it 
takes full power to taxi to the  terminal.' 
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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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