For your viewing enjoyment.
Why did they mention rolling up their sleeves? We all know that weird inside tuck isn’t rolling sleeves.Good question.
When I got my wings years ago, I understood the tradition to be that you broke your first pair of wings, and gave one of the two pieces to a close friend or relative. The symbology of the act of "broken wings" having been completed, it was supposed to bring you "good luck", since your "bad luck" of "breaking your wings" had already happened.
Those two pieces were never to come back together until you were dead.
I heard a variance from one of my IP's that one piece was given to a pilot-friend or instructor, and that they would hold that piece, and should you ever find yourself in deep trouble in an aviation-sense, they would be there to bring you back your aviation mojo. That was word of mouth over 30 years ago, and it is not the traditional story.
Being a person that does not believe in luck, I broke mine at graduation. I then had a "UPT aviation-themed" print that I found framed with my class' scarf (i.e. "ascot) and patch in it. At the top, I have the broken wings, with the pieces separated by about 1/4 inch. Makes for a nice conversation piece.
Funny story about that... According to one of my academic instructors at the AF IP school the guys who wrote the T-6 NATOPS/-1 intentionally named it "head box" to make the fighter guy's heads explode. Also, there's a limit associated with the cabin altitude (I forget which one)... 18,069.I bet the ejection seat had a headbox, too . . . so to speak.
Reminds me of my first mass mission debrief after a Northern Watch sortie. We were the only Navy aircrew at Incirlik...(semi) innocently, I stood up and told everyone: "Just a quick heads-up, our ESM box was bent during flight..." I though the General's head was going to explode. The VMAQ guys were rolling on the floor, IIRC.Funny story about that... According to one of my academic instructors at the AF IP school the guys who wrote the T-6 NATOPS/-1 intentionally named it "head box" to make the fighter guy's heads explode. Also, there's a limit associated with the cabin altitude (I forget which one)... 18,069.
Just got back from Northern Edge 2019. It hasn't gotten any better. My last mission planning our Escort Package Commander kept saying "over-cranium" instead of "overhead". I wanted to scream at him through the VTC cam...I bet the ejection seat had a headbox, too . . . so to speak.