This expression, “Que Est Non Pilatus Est Non Faex,” loosely translated, was said to mean: “If you ain’t a pilot, you ain’t shit.” It used to hang on a sign that spanned the entrances between the 8th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) and 25th FTS at Vance AFB, OK in the mid-to-late 70s.
The note underneath it reads, “And you’d better believe it.”
I chuckled when I first saw it, and always knew it was there, but didn’t really think much more about it. It was just there.
I had the opportunity to visit Vance in 2005 or so, and the sign is now gone. Imagine that! Probably offended some shoeclerk! Or some “PC” careerist on his way up may have had it removed… who knows? It was just gone.
While I terribly miss the camaraderie of the Air Force, I sure as hell don’t miss the direction it is heading…
(If you ‘google’ the above expression, you won’t find anything. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as it was probably written by a pilot! LOL!)