The Pilot's Pilot

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The Pilot's Pilot

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 18 Nov 2016, 13:44

A great poem I read as part of a moving eulogy I saw online for recently departed American Test Pilot Extraordinaire Bob Hoover:


THE PILOT's PILOT:
I hope there's a place, way up in the sky
Where pilots can go when they have to die.
A place where a guy could buy a cold beer
For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear.
A place where no doctor or lawyer could tread,
Nor a management-type would ever be caught dead!
Just a quaint little place, kind of dark, full of smoke,
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke.
The kind of a place that a lady could go
And feel safe and secure by the men she would know.
There must be a place where old pilots go,
When their wings become heavy, when their airspeed gets low,
Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
And songs about flying and dying are sung.
Where you'd see all the fellows who'd 'flown west' before,
And they'd call out your name, as you came through the door,
Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad,
And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"
And there, through the mist, you'd spot an old guy
You had not seen in years, though he'd taught you to fly.
He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear
And say, "Welcome, my Son, I'm proud that you're here!
For this is the place where true flyers come
When the battles are over, and the wars have been won.
They've come here at last, to be safe and alone,
From the government clerk, and the management clone;
Politicians and lawyers, the Feds, and the noise,
Where all hours are happy, and these good ol' boys
Can relax with a cool one, and a well deserved rest!
This is Heaven, my Son. You've passed your last test!"

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/us/bo ... .html?_r=0
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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Re: The Pilot's Pilot

Postby kylie_koyote » 18 Nov 2016, 17:10

Oh, I like that.
"For goodness sake stop that Yankee drawl, or you'll have us all doing it before you've finished."
"OK baby - sorry - I mean, righto."
"That's better."
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Re: The Pilot's Pilot

Postby Tommy Smith » 18 Nov 2016, 18:57

It does say it all.
"Spare my days! Who wants to be true to life? Why read about what you can see going on around you any day of the week?"
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Re: The Pilot's Pilot

Postby Fairblue » 19 Nov 2016, 09:30

It certainly does.
The Decision to Survive - A good pilot is both born and made. The best would look upon his work as a combination of adventure and a serious mission. – Major General Sir Frederick Sykes
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Re: The Pilot's Pilot

Postby Tracer » 19 Nov 2016, 11:21

I can visualise that place.

Thanks for finding that and sharing it with us.
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