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What the USAF is without ammunition


“Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.” - Basic Flight Training Manual

“Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.” - Maritime Ops Manual

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

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

“If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.” - Sign over Carrier Group Operations Desk

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.” - Infantry Journal

“If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter - and therefore, unsafe.” - Fixed Wing Pilot

“If you hear me yell, 'Eject, Eject, Eject!', the last two will be echoes. If you stop to ask, 'Why?', you“ll be talking to yourself, because you're the pilot.” - Pre-flight Briefing from a 104 Pilot

“If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.” - USAF Ammo Troop

“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.” - U.S. Air Force Manual

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

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

“Never trade luck for skill.” - Anonymous

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

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

The three most famous last words in military aviation are: “Did you feel that?”  “What“s that noise?” and “Oh S...!” or (appended from the Arkansas Air National Guard): “Hold my beer and watch this!” - Anonymous

The three most useless things in aviation are: Fuel in the bowser; Runway behind you; and Air above you. - Basic Flight Training Manual

“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.” - Sign over Squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Montham AFB, Arizona

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

“What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; but If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.” - Sign over Control Tower Door

“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

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” - General MacArthur

“Without ammunition, the USAF is just an expensive flying club.” - Anonymous

“Yeah, 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 know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.” - Lead-in Fighter Training Manual

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

“You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.” - Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)

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