2.21.2006

Remebering the Forgotten Mechanic

REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN MECHANIC

Through the history of world aviation
many names have come to the for...
Great deeds of the past in our memory will last,
as they're joined by more and more...

When man first started to labor in his quest to conquer the sky,
he was designer, mechanic and pilot,
as he built a machine that would fly...
But somehow the order go twisted,
and then in the public's eye
the only man that could be seen
was the man who only know how 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 pilot all earned it.
To fly you have to have guts...
And they blazed their named in the hall of fame
on wings with baling wire struts...

But for each of these flying heroes
there were thousands of little renown,
and these were the men 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 or our war time heroes, Gabreski,
Jabara, and Scott...
Can you tell me the names of their crew chiefs?
A thousand to one you cannot...

Now pilots are highly trained people,
and wings are not easily won...
but without the work of the maintenance man
our pilots march with a gun...
So when you see mighty aircraft
as they mark their way through the air,
the grease stained man with the wrench in his hand
is the man who put them there

-Anonymous

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