Letter from a Naval Aviator

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  1. mkloby

    mkloby Active Member

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    I saw this hanging on a wall on base the other day. Thought some of you might appreciate it:

    Letter from a Naval Aviator

    Dear Terrorists, I am a Naval Aviator.

    I was born and raised in a small town in New England. I come from a family of five. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my mother and father. My dad worked a series of jobs in finance and my Mom took care of us kids. We were not an overly religious family but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small Episcopal Church. I have a brother and sister and I am the youngest in my family. I was the first in many generations to attend college.

    I have flown Naval aircraft for 16 years. For me the flying was never a lifelong dream or a "calling," it just happened. I needed a job and I liked the challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable. I do it because many of my friends have left for the airlines and someone has to do it.

    My government has spent millions to train me to fly these multimillion dollar aircraft. I make about 70,000 dollars a year and after 20 years will be offered a pension.

    I like baseball but think the players make too much money. I am in awe of firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like teachers, they just don't get paid enough.

    I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger.

    I'm not sure about kids these days but I think that's normal for every generation.

    I voted for George Bush not for his IQ but because I like him. I think I made a pretty good choice.

    I tell you all this because when I come for you, I want you to know me. I won't be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending to be something I am not. I will be in a US issue flight suit.

    I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane.

    I wish we could meet up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat and slowly squeeze the life out of you but; unfortunately, you're hiding in a hole in the ground so we will have to do this a different way.

    I want you to know also that I am very good at what I do. I can put a

    2,000 LB weapon through a window from 10,000 feet up. I generally only fly at night so you may want to start sleeping during the day. I am not eager to die for my country but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect it from animals like you.

    I will do everything in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I take aim at you.

    My countrymen are a forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept 11th. But I will not forget, and my President will not forget.

    I am coming. I hope you know me a little bit better, see you soon...sleep tight.

    Signed..... a US Navy Pilot
     
  2. Bf109_g

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    Very inspirational, mkloby.
     
  3. Graeme

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    Unfortunately, these cunning animals no longer dwell in houses with windows.
     
  4. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Yeah I read this a while back. It was very inspirational.
     
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    That was really inspirational. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Wayne Little

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    Agreed!! thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thank you , Matt!
     
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