When I grow up I want to be a pilot because it’s a fun job and easy to do. That’s why there are so many pilots flying around these days. Pilots don’t need much school. They just have to learn to read numbers so they can read their instruments.

I guess they should be able to read a road map, too.

Pilots should be brave to they won’t get scared it it’s foggy and they can’t see, or if a wing or motor falls off.

Pilots have to have good eyes to see through the clouds, and they can’t be afraid of thunder or lightning because they are much closer to them than we are.

The salary pilots make is another thing I like. They make more money than they know what to do with. This is because most people think that flying a plane is dangerous, except pilots don’t because they know how easy it is.

I hope I don’t get airsick because I get carsick and if I get airsick, I couldn’t be a pilot and then I would have to go to work.

— purported to have been written by a fifth grade student at Jefferson School, Beaufort, SC. It was first published in the South Carolina Aviation News.


  1. walk around kid..flying is not that easy…u need to study alot aside from being brave or might end up being killed by ur own ignorance and stupidity..we pilots toiled alot to earn our wings so do not treat us less than what we deserve..learn to fly kid, so that you may know..

  2. Capt Kabron he’s just a kid you don’t have to be rude, as a pilot you should share your fun experiences so that he can pursue his dreams.

  3. This was published by “The Interceptor”, a USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, back in October 1971. The endearing part is that it highlights the innocent childhood dreams of flying that I think most pilots had when growing up. That’s probably why it has stuck around so long in the flying circles. Sorry Capt K, but the kid who wrote this is now in his 50’s….guess it’s never too late to straighten him out. Might want to keep tabs on your blood pressure too.

  4. “Pilots should be brave to they won’t get scared it it’s foggy and they can’t see, or if a wing or motor falls off.” Pff, wings are for pussies 😀

  5. Well said capt Kabron. Sometimes you have to tell the honest truth than to lie and say it’s easy. It’s a tough journey getting your wings, but once you do, you’ll never regret it. You’ll fly to amazing beautiful places you’ve never been to.. As they say, the best views often comes from the hardest climb


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