Think of the forgotten ground crew sometimes
International Loss of Ground Crew Recognition
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
When man first started to 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 man that
could be seen was the man who knew 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 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 men who worked on the planes but who 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
And think of our wartime heroes Gabreski, Jabara, and Scott and all the
acclaim that they got. 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 would march with a gun.
So when you see mighty jet aircraft as they mark their way through the
air, remember the grease-stained man with the wrench in his hand, he is the man
who put them there.