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The pilots get all the credit when it comes to flying, but we all know it takes more than that for a safe flight.
Author: Unknown Author
Submitted by: selier   Date: 02-15-2004
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Through the history of world aviation
many names have come to the fore.
Great deeds of the past in our memory will last
as they're joined by more and more.

When man first started his labor
In his quest to conquer the sky
He was designer, mechanic and pilot
and he built a machine that would fly.
But somehow the order got twisted
and then in the public's eye
the only people to be seen
were those who knew to fly.

The pilot was everyone's hero.
He was brave, he was bold, he was grand
as he stood by his battered old biplane
with his goggles and helmet in hand.
To be sure, these pilots all earned it.
To fly you have to have guts.
And they blazed their names in the hall of fame
on wings with bailing wire struts.

But for each of these flying heroes,
there were thousands of little renown.
And these were the folks who worked on the planes
but kept their feet on the ground.
We all know the name of Lindbergh
and we've read of his flight to fame.
But think, if you can, of his maintenance man.
Can you remember his name?

And think of our wartime heroes,
Gabreski, Jabara and Scott.
Can you tell me the names of their crew chiefs?
A thousend to one you cannot.

Now pilots are highly-trained people
and wings are not easily won.
But without the work of the maintenance crews
a pilot would march with a gun.
So when you see mighty jet aircraft,
As they mark their way through the air,
the men and women with wrenches in hand
are the people who put them there.

by Unknown Author

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