Happy Hour Story 

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                      THE CAPTAIN AND THE LIEUTENANT

 

 

There are two people in this story.

A Marine Captain fighter pilot who had earned the reputation of being absolutely fearless (move-over Santini)—and his friend and frequent wingman, a First Lieutenant.

In non-combat duty, no matter what the training mission, most flight leaders would save the last 10 minutes of each flight to “hassle” (dogfight) in order to keep their Day Fighter (dog-fighting) skills sharp.

Even when the Captain would let the Lieutenant start with the advantage, the Captain would perform "the maneuver" and then reappear behind the Lieutenant, for the "kill." The Lieutenant begged and begged the Captain to teach him how to do “the maneuver.”

The Captain finally agreed, and briefed the Lieutenant on how to perform “the maneuver.”

The Lieutenant was totally ready to wax his old Flight Leader.

The Captain was in the Lieutenants 6 o’clock position.  They were pulling max g’s when the Lieutenant went into “the maneuver”—which if successfully executed, would reverse their position, and put the Lieutenant at the Captain’s 6 o’clock position for the “kill.”

“The maneuver:” was violent.  After the Lieutenant regained control of his aircraft, he looked at his 12 o’clock position, expecting the Captain to be there.

The Captain wasn’t in sight.

            Lieutenant:  “Lead, say your posit.”

            Captain:  “Right at your 6 o’clock.”

            Lieutenant:  “How did you get back there?  I’m supposed to be at YOUR 6 o’clock position.”

            Captain:  “I didn’t teach you EVERYTHING.”

                                                                                       

                                                                                    THE COUNT

  

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LOU PRITCHETT