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Of all the occupations in the world, perhaps none has more superstitions and rituals than Baseball. Now, Mark Fidrych speaking to the ball was neither ritual nor superstition (that was just plain zany!), but there are a few you might recognize, including, but not limited to:
- Never step on the foul line.
- Don’t talk about a no-hitter/perfect game.
- Don’t shave on game days.
- Use the same bat during a hitting streak.
While most people know about these Baseball idiosyncrasies, many people may not realize that aviation and aviators have a few superstitions of their own. If YOU don’t know about these, you will certainly want to continue reading about AVIATION RITUALS, SUPERSTITIONS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“While we don’t guide our lives by superstition and ritual,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, declared with a big grin in his voice, “to imply that they don’t exist would be a little less than realistic.”
And, he is, of course, absolutely right! Down through the years of flight, both during times of peace and times of war, certain “activities,” if you would, are associated with pilots and their planes. These include but are not limited to:
- No Pilot should eat their box lunch before take-off.
- “Tapping a CESSNA’S wings” to avoid running into the wing and receiving a diamond-shaped scar on their foreheads.
- Talking to the plane before take- off.
- Avoid pointing at the sky to avoid nasty weather.
- Avoid the numbers “13” and “666” at all costs!
- Never washing their Flight Scarves.
- Never mix Engine Oil Brands.
- WW II pilots would put their chewed gum on one wing-tip or the other, thus tipping the scales of luck in their favor.
“I’ve heard,” TURBINE TRAINING Vice President Jason Wolcott, mused somewhat philosophically, “that perhaps the reason pilots ‘fall victim’ to superstition is because that, sub-consciously, they feel that by doing so it gives them some semblance of control over an environment they otherwise are powerless against.”