Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 3 years ago

    And so it’s always been, since there was aviation in warfare.
    The flyboys soar over the blood and guts, drop their payloads and return to the comfortable airbase.
    Sure, some don’t make it back, but often the other flyboys just saw them fall out of the sky; they didn’t have to cradle their bloodied and broken bodies (except in the bombers in WW2). And they rarely saw their targets close up.
    It’s good to be a pilot in wartime. It sucks to be just about everybody else.

  2. Mike31g

    Mike31g said, over 3 years ago

    An alternative (i.e not 2012) rerun:
    Roland at the Walden Commune.

  3. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 3 years ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Think so? Pilots in the First World War weren’t issued parachutes … it was felt that they might abandon their aircraft too soon. German pilots were issued them late in 1918.
    Not to mention that aircraft design back then was mostly guess work, with many planes on both sides being manufactured with serious, often fatal defects.

  4. wildcatherder

    wildcatherder said, over 3 years ago

    It’s also safer to be pilot. Surprisingly few IEDs in the air.

  5. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 3 years ago

    roland at Walden cracked me up. we had an engineer at a place I worked – he got his degree in the 70s. He said that he thought the dorms smelled that way because so many people used the same incense – I guess it was …. the kind you roll up and smoke.

  6. TexTech

    TexTech said, over 3 years ago

    I remember an episode of MASH that dealt with this. The 4077 got a US pilot in camp for some reason. Hawkeye was angered by his blase attitude about the death and destruction he rained down from the air. So Hawkeye forced the pilot watch him try to patch up people injured by a US bombing run. The pilot was in turn angered because Hawkeye had screwed up his nice sanitary view of the war.

  7. summerdog

    summerdog said, over 3 years ago

    Mel’s hair bun is missing in action in the last panel.

  8. Gromit801

    Gromit801 said, over 3 years ago

    In WWII, the Eight Air Force lost more men bombing Germany, than the Marines did in all of the war in the Pacific.

  9. Bruce L2

    Bruce L2 said, over 3 years ago

    Omnius, you are an idiot. Look at Gromit801’s post. Several of the large bombing raids to Germany with thousand of planes lost over 25% of the planes and men. I’m sure the men who crawled into the planes to do it again the next day can be call cowards.

  10. corzak

    corzak said, over 3 years ago

    lol! Good effort! . . . but it looks like you left in an extra quote "

  11. ClarkSavageJr

    ClarkSavageJr said, over 3 years ago

    The 12th. Air Force lost more men in WWII than ALL the Marine Corps did.

  12. scsurfer

    scsurfer said, over 3 years ago

    Really Omnius? Cowards? As a Marine who was on the ground in Nam I have to say that is both ignorant and lame. Talk about something you have a clue about.

  13. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, over 3 years ago

    “And, to be a drone-master is suberb….”
    And that’s why I’m always disgusted that they give out “combat” medals to drone

  14. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    I’d still rather be up in the sky than in the trenches. Actually the best job is probably being a mechanic back at the airbase.

  15. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 3 years ago

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

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