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January 22, 2008

Military Funnies

“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.

“Aim towards the Enemy.” Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher

“When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend. U.S. Marine Corps

“Cluster bombing from B52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground.” USAF Ammo Troop

“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

“Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo.” Infantry Journal

“You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me.” U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.

“Tracers work both ways.” U.S. Army Ordnance

“Five second fuses only last three seconds.” Infantry Journal

“Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last, and don’t ever volunteer to do anything.” U.S. Navy Swabbie

“Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.” – David Hackworth

“If your attack is going too well, your walking into an ambush.” Infantry Journal

“No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection.” Joe Gay

“Any ship can be a minesweeper... once.” Anonymous

“Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.” Unknown Marine Recruit

“Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you.” – Your Buddies

“If you see a bomb technician running, follow him.” USAF Ammo Troop

“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 SR71 operating base Kadena, Japan

“You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.” Paul F.Crickmore (test pilot)

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

“Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.” From an old carrier sailor

“If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a helicopter and therefore, unsafe.”

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

“Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club.”

“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.”

“Never trade luck for skill.”

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: “Why is it doing that?”, “Where are we?” and “Oh S...!”

“Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.”

“Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get a pilot

“Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.”

“A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a
Row is prevarication.”

“I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous.”

“Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!”

“Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the
purpose of storing dead batteries.”

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

“When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.”

“Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be Held on a sunny day.”

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.”

“The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely
kill you.” Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

“A pilot who doesn’t have any fear probably isn’t flying his plane to
Its maximum.” Jon Mc Bride, astronaut

“If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the
crash as possible.” Bob Hoover (renowned aerobatic and test pilot)

“Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.”

“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.” Sign over squadron ops desk at DavisMonthan AFB, AZ, 1970

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

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.”

“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!” Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)!

Posted by Wild Thing at January 22, 2008 12:44 AM


Love them!!!
Whoever said our military kids couldn't be funny?
My nephew David and a couple of friends saran wrapped a military vehicle on New Years Eve and didn't get caught!
Saran wrap? That was Sweet!!!

Posted by: Lynn at January 22, 2008 05:05 AM

One of my favorites Murphyisms;

"Grasp grenade firmly.

Pull pin,

Throw pin,

Put grenade in pocket."

Another one,

"These parachutes are guaranteed. If they both fail, bring them back for a full refund."

Posted by: TomR at January 22, 2008 09:20 AM

Friendly fire - isn't

All bleeding stops... eventually.

Bullet Proof' vests aren't

Recoilless rifles - aren't.

Suppressive fires - won't.

Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.

The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: When they're ready. When you're not.

Incoming fire has the right of way.

Field experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Posted by: Jack at January 22, 2008 11:28 AM

If you don't see 72 virgins you died for nothing you idiot - Welcome sign in Hell.

Posted by: Les at January 22, 2008 05:31 PM

Lynn, hahahahhaa that is so funny.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 23, 2008 12:32 AM

Tom, LOL those are good.

I showed these to Nick and one of his jobs in the service was doing the parachutes. He said back then their name went on every one of them so they know who put the parachutes together. I wonder if they still do it that way.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 23, 2008 12:34 AM

Jack those are great too. haha I can just hear these being said too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 23, 2008 12:39 AM

Les, omg I would love to make a graphic of that. hahaha

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 23, 2008 12:40 AM