Now pilots have always used their hands to describe a certain tactic or move when explaining aerial combat to someone else.
The Germans did it...
|Dolfo Galland Hand Flying|
|John C. Meyer Hand Flying|
Former aircrew types do it...
|Pinch and Lex Hand Flying|
Even if they're not pilots, they do it...
|Yours Truly and Tuna Hand Flying|
I suppose it's somewhat similar to playing the air guitar?
Heck, Eric Clapton himself has done that!
Now as a retired aircraft maintenance type, I always feel a bit awkward about "hand flying". While I know the basics of flying and something about air combat, I've never actually flown an aircraft for any length of time. And that was a long time ago and I could barely keep the bird straight and level. (It's harder than you'd think!)
So I gave it a bit of thought while flying out to Sandy Eggo. I mean what could we former maintainers do to explain something to non-maintainers? Also, what could we do to look "cool" when getting together with other maintainers?
So I thought, what does aircraft maintenance actually look like?
|Vertical aircraft panel securing|
|Horizontal aircraft panel securing|
Hhmm, the hands play a key role, don't they?
So I came up with something. ORPO1 (a fellow maintainer) and I demonstrated it to The WSO while onboard the USS Ronald Reagan recently.
|The Sarge and ORPO1 demonstrate...|
I think it looks cool. Your mileage may vary...
But a name, I need a name for this.
And yes, "acting like idiots" has already been suggested.