Military Quotes

  • "If the enemy is in range, so are you." -Infantry Journal
  • "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.." -U.S. Air Force Manual
  • "Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons." -General MacArthur
  • "You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me." -U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt.
  • "Tracers work both ways." -U.S.. Army Ordnance
  • "Five second fuses only last three seconds." -Infantry Journal
  • "Any ship can be a minesweeper.. Once."
  • "Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do." -Unknown Marine Recruit
  • Clean it, if it's Dirty. Oil it, if it Squeaks. But: Don't Screw with it, if it Works! -USAF Electronic Technician
  • "If you see a bomb technician running, keep up with him." -USAF - Ammo Troop
  • "Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
  • "You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3." -test pilot Paul F. Crickmore
  • Latitude is Where We are Lost, & Longitude is How Long We've been Lost There! -USAF Navi-guesser (Navigator)
  • "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
  • "If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- however, it's probably unsafe in any case .."
  • "When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
  • "Even with ammunition, the USAF is just another expensive flying club ." -Unknown disgruntled Grunt
  • " Airspeed, altitude and brains........Two out of three are needed to successfully complete the flight."
  • "Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"
  • "Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
  • "The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you." -Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
  • "There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime." -Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
  • "If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
  • "You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes FULL Power to taxi to the terminal."
  • 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!"

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