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by Georgia Bentz.
Summary: Murdock gives a lecture in a flight school. Response to the challenge Murdock Sayings.
Warnings: None so far. Probably going to be pure fluff.
The flight school was stunned into silence. The instructor had been teaching rules on how to be a very dependable pilot. All was going well, until, A man in a bomber jacket, a navy blue baseball cap and khaki pants and wearing Converse Hi-Top sneakers.
He'd been standing in the doorway for about half an hour, but as soon as the instructor started to spout off rules the man had fully entered the room.
He held up his hand and asked if he could speak with the class.... Explaining that in Vietnam he'd been a pilot.
The instructor at first said no. But seeing as the man really wanted to say something the instructor finally nodded his head.
Taking the instructor's place, the man introduced himself as HM Murdock, Pilot Extraordinaire. He started with, "So you want to be pilots?
Well I've got some rules for you. First of all everybody got paper and a pen? All heads nodded. Good.
Here's Rule #1: Every takeoff is Mandatory Every Landing is Optional." He must have noted their confused looks because he started to laugh a little. But then he went on.
"All right is everybody writing this down? The students looked at each other, and finally decided to humor this guy. They all nodded. Good.
Rule #2: The propeller is just a big fan in front of plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
Are y'all ready for Rule three?" Again all heads nodded. Not believing what they were hearing. "All right Rule three and this is the biggie. Rule 3 is....When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.
Rule four is: The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
Disregarding the looks of the stunned students he plunged on with the rest of the 'rules'. "Rule Five: Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might just be another airplane travelin' in the opposite direction.
Rule 6: You start out with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before emptying the bag of luck. And Now the MOST important rule is: There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing.
Unfortunately my intermittent Memory loss kicked in jus' now and I don't remember." He smiled inanely at them all, and just then a big burly scowling black guy sporting jewelry, a younger man sporting an Armani suit, and an older guy with a cigar hanging out of his mouth entered the room.
The older one spoke up. "There you are Murdock. We were looking all over for you. How'd you wander in here?" The younger man turned and flashed a winning smile at all the students and escorted the baseball cap wearing guy out of the room.
At first the baseball capped guy didn't want to go, but then the scowling guy raised his fist under the other man's nose. "You betta get outta heah. We at an airport an' I ain't too happy." Again flashing the students a winning smile, the four men finally exited the room.
The instructor took a deep breath. He started to spout the Real rules on proper air safety. But as the students went on with their work. They thought they'd caught the sound of howling. They shook their heads and went on with their work.
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