The Forgotten Mechanic


Through the history of world aviation many names have come 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 bi-plane 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 renown,

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 our war time heroes, Gabreski, Jabara, and Scott

Can you tell me the names of their Crew Chiefs?  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 march with a gun

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 there