Through the history of world aviation
Many names have come to the fore ...
Great deeds of the past in our memory will last
As they're joined by more and more ...
When man first started his labor
In his quest to conquer the sky
He was designer, mechanic and pilot.
And he built a machine that would fly.
But somehow the order got twisted
And then in the publics eye
The only man that could be seen
Was the man who knew how to fly.
The pilot was everyone's hero ...
He was brave, he was bold, he was grand
As he stood by his battered old biplane
With his goggles and helmet in hand.
To be sure, these pilots all earned it ...
To fly you have to have guts
And they blazed their names in the hall of fame
On wings with bailing wire struts.
But for each of these flying heroes
There were thousands of little reknown,
And these were the men who worked on the planes
But kept their feet on the ground.
We all know the name of Lindbergh
And we've read of his flight to fame ...
But think, if you can, of his maintenance man,
Can you remember his name?
And think of the wartime heroes ...
Gabreski, Olds, Spalding and Scott.
Can you tell me the name of their crew chief?
A thousand to one you cannot!
Now pilots are highly trained people
And wings are not easily won.
But without the work of the maintenance man
Our pilots would fly without guns.
So when you see mighty jet aircraft
As they mark their way through the air,
The grease stained man, with the wrench in his hand,
Is the man who put them up there!