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Some Common Sense From the Boys in Uniform

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The Valley of Death from 50K Feet

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

– Infantry Journal

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

– US.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.’

–Infantry Sgt.

‘Tracers work both ways.’

–Army Ordnance Manual-

‘Five second fuses last about three seconds.’

–Infantry Journal

The three most useless things in aviation are: Fuel in the pump; Runway behind you; and Air above you.

-Basic Flight Training Manual

‘Any ship can be a minesweeper.. Once.’

–Naval Ops Manual

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

–Unknown Infantry Recruit

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

–Infantry Journal

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

–Sign over SR71 Wing Ops

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

-Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)

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

-Unknown Author

‘If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter — and therefore, unsafe.’

–Fixed Wing Pilot

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

-Multi-Engine Training Manual

‘Without ammunition, the Air Force is just an expensive flying club.’

-Unknown Author

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  1. 04/07/2010 at 14:54

    Good stuff. Have you seen some of the main stream gaming media’s coverage of the military bombing those Reuters reporters (who, naturally, were embedded with terrorists that had visible RPGs and AKs)? Pretty pathetic, especially the commenters, who assume the worst about our boys and gals in uniform.

    • ECM
      04/07/2010 at 15:13

      Yeah, it’s a bit nutty that:

      A. Reuters reporters were hanging out w/ terrorists. (Who, if they weren’t sympathetic media would, in all likelihood, be hostages under threat of death.)

      B. That the rest of the media is actually blaming our military for this. (I often wonder what WWII would have been like with today’s media and then I remember: oh yeah, they were like that…with Viet Nam.)

      So, in other words, it’s pretty much par for the course where assigning blame to the West (in whatever garb it might take, be it political, military or pop culture) is the first, last and only refuge of scoundrels the media.

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