Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen (25th)


Dept. of the Army Regulations For Operation Of Aircraft Commencing January 1920

There were 25 regulations.
I picked out 13 because, well, because this is Thursday Thirteen!

1. Don't take the machine into the air unless you are satisfied it will fly.

2. Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.

3. Don't turn sharply when taxiing. Instead of turning sharp, have someone lift the tail around.

4. Never get out of the machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the motor controls.

5. Pilots should carry hankies in a handy place to wipe off goggles.

6. In case the engine fails on takeoff, land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.

7. No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.

8. Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landing.

9. If you see another machine near you, get out of the way.

10. Do not trust altitude instruments.

11. Before you begin a landing glide, see that no machines are under you.

12. Hedge-hopping will not be tolerated.

13. Do not use aeronautical gasoline in cars or motorcycles.

If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as possible.

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Blogger Open Grove Claudia said...

Gosh, I would think that #1 would be self evident. Are these still the regulations?? I love "in case the engine fall off...." WTF?!? The ENGINE fell off! lol!

Happy TT Raggedy!

November 14, 2007 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great Thursday! Nice list by the way! Please stop by my blog if you can!


November 14, 2007 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by! Happy early birthday. My niece will be 5 on the 18th! :) I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Happy TT.

Great list, by the way. ;)

November 14, 2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Yikes, my engine is leaking. What should I do? *giggles* Happy TT!

November 14, 2007 10:06 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Have a great day!

November 14, 2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger orneryswife said...

I read your post to my son in the Air Force. We had a good laugh.

Thanks for visiting Miller Manor! And, Happy TT!

November 14, 2007 10:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Liked "hankies and hedge-hopping"!

November 14, 2007 10:22 PM  
Blogger Montserrat said...

Thank goodness aeronautics have come a long way since then! Though sometimes I wonder. . .

November 14, 2007 10:28 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

They seem so simplistic. I just want to say "DUH!!"

November 14, 2007 10:42 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Have a nice weekend. No's six and seven are the best ever!

Stay cool and land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.

November 14, 2007 10:45 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Wow, can't believe how obvious some of them are! LOL!

Great list! Happy TT!

November 14, 2007 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Maybe "Catch 22" wasn't quite as inspired as I thought. This could come right out of Heller.

As Mr Orr said of another pilot, "How can he see he's got flies in his eyes if he's got flies in his eyes?"

What a hilarious list. "In an emergency, try to land."

November 14, 2007 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how many regulations there are today!

November 15, 2007 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. You had my laughing so hard. I can't believe those rules truly exist. Were they really that naive about flying back then?! It was just hilarious.

I was laughing the hardest at 6, 9, 10 and the bonus.

That was a great list. Thank you for the laugh I needed it.

Thank for stopping by my blog too. Now have a great TT!

November 15, 2007 12:34 AM  
Blogger pussreboots said...

Great list. I really enjoyed it. Happy TT.

November 15, 2007 12:35 AM  
Blogger Gellianne said...

Hi! I am glad that I could say hi to you today. Nice list.

Take care.

November 15, 2007 2:04 AM  
Blogger Joy Renee said...

LOL. so was it the times that were simpler in those days? or the technology? or the minds?

happy TT.
thanx for visiting

November 15, 2007 3:04 AM  
Blogger Zenmomma said...

Some of those are pretty odd. Cool TT.

November 15, 2007 3:24 AM  
Blogger Hootin Anni said...

This is a GOOD list. Serious stuff, and all that...but when I read the first one, up until the 4th one, I then started picturing in my head a Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny cartoon. LOL....this would be good material for a cartoon. Okay, sorry, but that was running through my head.

November 15, 2007 4:28 AM  
Blogger Addicted to crafting said...

Have a very nice weekend!!! It was a great list!!!


November 15, 2007 5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of those seem pretty obvious. LOL!

Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love number 5! That's a regulation I try to adhere to as well. You never know when a packet of hankies will come in useful!

November 15, 2007 5:33 AM  
Blogger Miss Laurence said...

Great list ! Serious stuff... I like it ! :-)

Happy T13


November 15, 2007 5:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

This is so funny. Where did we find it? Are the other 12 rules as good?
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on 2littlemonkeys.

November 15, 2007 5:40 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

What a hoot! Of course, I guess at the time it was helpful information. But, today it made me smile!
Thanks for stopping by my T13.

November 15, 2007 5:47 AM  
Blogger Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

Thanks for a very informative TT. I love the last one, land as soon as possible if you have a problem. Duh!

November 15, 2007 6:00 AM  
Blogger DrillerAA said...

These guys were definitely flying simpler machine in simpler times.
Great list.
Happy TT

November 15, 2007 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband, the pilot, would LOVE this list!! Very cool!!

November 15, 2007 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that first ones a keeper!!!

November 15, 2007 7:17 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Thank you for dropping by my TT-13 - actually being my very first visitor this week!

Ha, ha - funny list. I like #12. No hedge hopping. Why?


November 15, 2007 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Number six made me laugh.

November 15, 2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Head Gaggler said...

Nice list. Some of those are kind of common sense.

November 15, 2007 7:37 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Interesting Thursday Thirteen. I wish I could come up with interesting lists like this.

November 15, 2007 7:38 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Hmm, learn something new everyday. "The plane, boss the plane."

November 15, 2007 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like one would use common sense...Great list! Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm, it seems sad when you have to notate common sense! LOL

November 15, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger jenn said...

#8 is great!
happy tt!

November 15, 2007 8:07 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Scary that they need to come out and state all that, huh?

Sometimes, I wish we lived in a better world, where common sense reigned.

Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 8:11 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Self evident, yes, but you can't drill the basics in too much! Here’s a great story about an emergency landing.

November 15, 2007 8:11 AM  
Blogger Michelle Hasker said...

What a great list!
You've left me with a smile - THANKS!
Happy TT

November 15, 2007 8:14 AM  
Blogger PamelaMKramer said...

Great post! Some of these seem like common sense but ???

November 15, 2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow, some of those are scary.
I mean, aren't they common sense?
If they had to be made into regulations you know someone had already tried them and failed at them first! LOL!
Thanks for dropping by my place earlier!

November 15, 2007 8:23 AM  
Blogger Serina Hope said...

These are some very basic rules to know. Very funny. Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger Darla said...

LOL! These definitely sound like military regulations--stating the obvious--or what you'd HOPE would be obvious!

November 15, 2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by:) Great lsit you have here too!!

November 15, 2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing to so how much progress has ben made. Great List. Very interesting. Happy TT

November 15, 2007 8:33 AM  
Blogger Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Fun list! I'm glad that airplanes have advanced significantly since that time!

November 15, 2007 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds so simple-I wonder how the regulations today are worded

Thanks for stopping by my blog


November 15, 2007 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is too cool! You are so funny, and love your list. I am new at this whole thing, so I hope I am doing this right!! I put my name and url in the black and entered. It that right?

November 15, 2007 9:03 AM  
Blogger Dreamer said...

Happy TT! Wonderful list! :)Thanks for stopping by mine.

November 15, 2007 9:06 AM  
Blogger Joyful Days said...

I'll share those with my husband! Too funny.

November 15, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

#6 is pretty damn scary!

November 15, 2007 9:31 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Well that sounds easy enough;) Great list!

November 15, 2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Those are great. I really liked the Bonus and # 7.

November 15, 2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger SandyCarlson said...

All right, I won't hedge hop, especially now that I know the government is watching.

November 15, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Does it really say "hankies"? You would think they would have some high level special technical lingo for that.

November 15, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

LOL on the hankies. Today they would be called eye- and nose-liquid removal devices!

Fun list, and Happy TT!
Happy Thanksgiving, too!

November 15, 2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

LOL This is a great list! I have to say ... #1 seems pretty obvious! As does the bonus! :) Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 10:05 AM  
Blogger jayedee said...

i must say i am in total agreement with #1 lol

happy tt!

November 15, 2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Those are some very important rules. I follow many of them myself when I go out in my stroller.

November 15, 2007 10:29 AM  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Love this list...some times I wonder if we've come very far at all.

November 15, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wow..interesting list...some of them you just want to say DUH!!!lol...Happy TT and thanks for stopping by:)

November 15, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Sassyfrazz said...

Great list, and good tips!

Happy TT~

November 15, 2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Interesting list. I especially like the bonus one. LOL!

November 15, 2007 11:18 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I love the last one!! Bwaahahaa!!!

November 15, 2007 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of those cracked me up, but the "if your engine fails, land" that is hysterical.

November 15, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger Missy Frye said...

ROFLMAO Most of those sound like common sense rules to me. ;) Thanks for sharing.

November 15, 2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger Erin Ward said...

Funny stuff!

November 15, 2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger MaR said...

Interesting list :)
Nr 10: do not trust altitude instruments is my! I am flying tomorrow! hope the pilot knows the rules, lol
Happy thirteening!

November 15, 2007 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes! Happy TT to you...

November 15, 2007 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These seem so common sense they make me smile...Now there are probably pages and pages of documents telling pilots to do exactly the same thing! Hurrah for simplicity!

November 15, 2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahahahahahaha! LMAO!

nuff said!

Happy TT! Greets Julia

November 15, 2007 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no hedge hopping...awww

Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

November 15, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Neat list!

November 15, 2007 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! I work at an aviation history museum, so these were especially great for me.

Thanks for visiting... Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

I love those. They're a fascinating look into something that's been all but forgotten.

November 15, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Do you take off your hand from the direction stick when wipping you goggles??

November 15, 2007 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat list! I agree with babystepper's comment

The rule about hankies is cute, too :)

November 15, 2007 2:04 PM  
Blogger tommie said...

Great list, especially since I have seen the SOP manuals now.

thanks for visiting my TT. BTW, that test is from a book called Personality Plus, Understand-Understanding,Yourself

November 15, 2007 2:27 PM  
Blogger MsSnarkyPants said...

Wow that was hilarious! I especially liked number one! I think I will take that into consideration if I ever fly a plane. :D

November 15, 2007 2:33 PM  
Blogger ~Tyra~ said...

That's a neat list! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

November 15, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

umm common sence for those who fly.
have a great week my friend.God bless..

November 15, 2007 3:24 PM  
Blogger impwork said...

Some really good ones. I particularly like #1.

Great TT :-)

November 15, 2007 4:01 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Makes sense to me!

My have over 80 do you possobly get back around to visit them all in return? You are a blogging animal!

Cheers thansk for visiting my TT list.

November 15, 2007 4:02 PM  
Blogger The Gal Herself said...

What a low-tech approach! Thanks for an interesting TT (and thanks for visiting mine)

November 15, 2007 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you a pilot blogger going for the record on comments?!

November 15, 2007 4:43 PM  
Blogger Malcolm said...

Some of these sound like common sense. I guess since the airplane was still relatively new, things that seem obvious to us today wasn't to people back then.

November 15, 2007 4:52 PM  
Blogger amanda rae said...

hahahaha, aren't some of these no brainers?? nice list!!

November 15, 2007 5:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hmmm. I better not let the ol man read this list lol aeronautical gasoline in motorcycles,he'd be wanting to try that one LOL
Happy T13!

November 15, 2007 5:38 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

It's as technical as it is supposed to be instinctive!!

Thanks for dropping by my TT!

November 15, 2007 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't amazing how they have to state the obvious in the rule book? And you know its because there are people who need it clearly stated because it just isn't obvious to them!

Thanks for visiting my TT today!

November 15, 2007 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm..I didn't know these..
Thanks for stopping by my T-13..

November 15, 2007 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I both come from Air Force families. I very much enjoyed your list.

My list is up too.

November 15, 2007 7:06 PM  
Blogger DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Don't laugh, but looking at #2 and thinking about the Hawker Hurricanes of WWII... if you DIDN'T find a puddle of oil on the ground beneath the engine, THEN something was wrong! (I kid you not!)

...but I do promise, should an emergency occur, I WILL land as soon as possible!

November 15, 2007 7:18 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Next time I crank up Flivver, I'll add that to the normal checklist ;)

November 15, 2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...These are pretty Hilarious, Raggedy Dear....I cannot imagine what the other 11 or 12 are like.
Sorry I haven't been by...I have no excuse except I have been trying to clean out some very nasty areas in my Garage and house...And at the end of the day...I Am Tired! (lol)

November 15, 2007 7:57 PM  
Blogger Starbuck and Torrey said...

Some of those are unbelievable - scary that they were considered necessary to include in a list of rules!!! Too funny!

November 15, 2007 8:25 PM  
Blogger MeL said...

I enjoyed your list esp #6. I didn't know that those rules could be pretty scary. Happy TT!

November 15, 2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hmmmmmm, now does this list sound like a lot of common sense or what?!!!?? Great idea for a TT!
Just returning a visit to my site; have a great weekend!

November 15, 2007 8:48 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Great list! Glad that someone thinks about these things!

November 15, 2007 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How neat :0)

Thanks for visiting my TT. Pleased to meet you!

I have another TT at

November 15, 2007 9:58 PM  
Blogger Julia Phillips Smith said...

My favorite:
'Never get out of the machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the motor controls.'
It does sound like good advice...Great TT!

November 15, 2007 10:02 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Great lesson of advice! Great list and Thanks for stopping by my blog


November 15, 2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger SJ Reidhead said...

Great List!

The Pink Flamingo

November 16, 2007 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 should be the modified regulation for every vehicle. "If you don't think it'll get ou where you're going, don't take it out of the hanger/driveway/lot..."

Thanks for coming by :)

Hope it was a Happy Thursday.


November 16, 2007 1:29 AM  
Blogger Phyllis Sommer said...

LOL. what a funny list. thanks for visiting me this week!

November 16, 2007 6:32 AM  
Blogger Susan Demeter said...

This is a cool list idea! I had no idea of any of these before. Happy belated TT and thank you so much for stopping by!

November 16, 2007 8:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Whoa, I never realized how brave or crazy the pilots were back then. I don't think I would have wanted to fly back then.

Great list.

November 16, 2007 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting list. I really enjoyed it. Happy TT.

Happy Early Birthday!! :)

November 16, 2007 3:55 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Does this still count?? Some seem so obvious...
Thanks for visiting my black panther TT!

November 18, 2007 2:47 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Wow. I suppose there are rules for everything but I'm always surprised to read about specifics for things I'd never think of. Great 13! Thanks for checking out mine last week. I'm still catching up.

November 19, 2007 1:08 PM  

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