A "One Legged Man in an Ass-kicking Contest"


This is my favorite quote from a Reuters story *ever*. Some 77-year old Floridian talks of how he was scrambled to shoot down some massive unidentified aircraft the “size of an aircraft carrier”. Here’s the money quote from this Reuter’s article:

In a written account, Torres described how he scrambled his F-86 D Sabre jet in calm weather from the Royal Air Force base at Manston, Kent in May 1957.

“I was only a lieutenant and very much aware of the gravity of the situation. I felt very much like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest,” he said.

“The order came to fire a salvo of rockets at the UFO. The authentication was valid and I selected 24 rockets.

This is a quote worthy of Patton.