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QUOTABLE

There was an instructor named Harris who was famous for his fondness for loops. It was said that if you could do a good loop for him you could pass any flight test, whether it was supposed to involve loops or not. He could fly you through one of his own beautifully executed manouevres, and as he pulled out he would say through the speaking tube, with evident self-approval, "And that, cadet, is how a loop should be flown." Since the speaking tube was only one-way, the cadet couldn't reply, but he was expected to assume an expression of reverent admiration. Then he could try one himself. One day the cadet in the back seat forgot to fasten his safety belt, and at the top of the loop he fell out. Harris pulled the plane on through, and began his speech: And that, cadet, . . ." glancing up in the mirror for the appropriate look of admiration. No cadet. He turned and flew sorrowfully back to the field, wondering how to break the news to the C.O. that he had dropped a student. By the time he had landed the cadet was trudging toward the hangar, carrying his opened parachute.

Samuel Hynes, "Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator"
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