Air Force "mania for manuals"

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Joe Broady

May 30, 2019
The 1960 March 7 issue of Life magazine has an article poking fun at the USAF mania for prescribing the right way to do everything, including how to be a good servant. One manual has instructions for washing an officer's dog and making an officer's bed. And a chart helps you estimate the number of drinks a cocktail party will consume based on duration and number of guests.

There's also an article on the recently discovered wreck of the Lady Be Good ("Desert Gives Up its Secret").

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J Joe Broady

I was actually searching for something on the Desert Air Force but it really does hit the nail on the head. The USAF really had this proclivity historically for having a one-size fits-all, all-encompassing way to do things.
How many times I heard "There's the right way, the wrong way, and the Air Force way."

So interested in paperwork, we joked that the toilet paper was three-ply, because all paperwork had to be in triplicate.

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