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"The Pilot" - I Wrote This

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Published on May 3, 2012

Awake awake the clock does ring, start a day anew
I have an occupation, for the privileged few
.
A cup of coffee, slice of toast, hurry to the door
Don my hat and coat, upon my sleeve stripes four
.
Hours hours till the sun is up, to the airport I do go
How's the weather? How's the plane? This I need to know
.
Park my car then go to ops, dispatcher lets me in
Flight plan's filed, the crew is here, together we will win
.
Find the plane and check her out, she glistens in the moon
One thousand miles away I'll be, even before noon
.
Left front seat has two belts, these I need to wear
I sit down and have a thought, with you I will now share
.
A J-3 Cub was the start, seems not to long ago
Then the Beech 18, how to fly you really need to know
.
The DC-3 seemed so big, had round motors two
Belched smoke and fire and with a roar, off into the blue
.
Ah the good old days, gone and never to return
Kick the tire and light the fire, today's pilots never learn
.
My daydream broken, my musing gone, what! Ramp gate hold!
Oh well, drink more coffee, my story will be told
.
There were the days, now quite gone, the plane you really did fly
Now it's just bush buttons, you'll get there by and by
.
There is one plane of a few, in which I did sore
Power, speed, altitude...the Lear 24
.
Flew canceled checks at night, that plane pegged the VSI
Red line was Mach .82 Mach Tuck would get you if you went too high
.
Pull the OS circuit braked, .82 is not fast enough, push it to .84
Yes we really did this, not just Lear jet lore
.
At last, at last we get to go, the tug will push us back
Don't crunch the other guys; you need to have the knack
.
Taxi to the active, all the checklists done
Line up on the center line, give this bird the gun
.
Power's set, airspeed's alive, systems are all green
V one, Vr, V two, this plane's a beauty Queen
.
Off into the wild blue, climb into the sky
Flight level four-five-zero, that is really high
.
Sunrise at four-five-oh, a sight few ever see
It's like God made this, made this just for me
.
I say a prayer of thanks, this we all should do
Say a prayer of thanks when our day we start anew
.
Listen to the ATIS, need to know to land
Give o'l George a rest, I'll fly this plane by hand
.
Handel's on the other side, make the call for down
Five green lights shine bright; there'll be no go around
.
Set the bug at V-ref, grease this baby on
Remember 'bout the days, the days now long gone
.
Needle ball and airspeed, is all I need to see
Flew round the world, didn't even hit a tree
.
One more day and one more flight, that day approaches fast
Left Font Seat to no longer come, that flight will be my last

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