SAILOR MALAN’S TEN RULES FOR AIR FIGHTING
- Wait until you see the whites of his eyes. Fire short bursts of one to two seconds only when your sights are definitely “ON”.
- Whilst shooting think of nothing else, brace the whole of your body:
have both hands on the stick: concentrate on your ring sight.
- Always keep a sharp lookout. “Keep your finger out”.
- Height gives you the initiative.
- Always turn and face the attack.
- Make your decisions promptly. It is better to act quickly even though your tactics are not the best.
- Never fly straight and level for more than 30 seconds in the combat area.
- When diving to attack always leave a proportion of your formation above to act as a top guard.
- INITIATIVE, AGGRESSION, AIR DISCIPLINE, and TEAM WORK are words that MEAN something in Air Fighting.
- Go in quickly – Punch hard – Get out!
I have these on a copy of the original 1940’s poster over my desk and they were written and published by Sqn Ldr Adolph “Sailor” Milan shortly after the Battle of Britain.
Whilst they were – are – quite specific to war in the air, I think they can be transferred to any workplace – in principle anyway…although maybe the one about “flying straight and level in a combat area” may take a bit of imagination.
They certainly might help in an workplace plagued by office politics…