The following short narrative was supposedly written by a fifth-grade student, when and where not known. It has bounced around naval and aviation circles for years and has been included in at least one book. One has to wonder if some Army Air Corps type didn't pose as the "fifth-grader", eh? Enjoy.
A Naval Aviator
I want to be a Naval Aviator when I grow up because its fun and easy to do. Naval Aviators dont need much school. They just have to learn numbers so they can read instruments. I guess they should be able to read maps so they can find their way if they are lost. Naval Aviators should be brave so they wont be scared if its foggy and they cant see or if a wing or motor falls off they should stay calm so theyll know what to do. Naval Aviators have to have good eyes so they can see through clouds and they cant be afraid of lightning or thunder because they are closer to them than we are. The salary Naval Aviators make is another thing I like. They make more money than they can spend. This is because most people think airplane flying is dangerous, except Naval Aviators dont because they know how easy it is. There isnt much I dont like, except girls like Naval Aviators and all the stewardesses want to marry them so they always have to chase them away so they wont bother them. I hope I dont get airsick because if I do I couldnt be a Naval Aviator and would have to go to work.
A fifth-grader (?)
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