Discussion in 'The Pump House Saloon' started by Bruce FLinch, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Bay Point, Kali..aka Gun Point
    For marlinT
    borrowed from the Canard Aviator website

    This explains it all. As aviators, we come from a long line of a
    secret society, formed around one thousand years ago. We are warriors,
    and here is the proof! Ground pounders can read it and weep!

    A little known fact is the origin of the word,"Aviator." In the
    immortal words of Johnny Carson: "I did not know that."

    Phu Khen (pronounced Foo Kin) 1169-? is considered by some to be the
    most under-recognized military officer in history. Many have never
    heard of his contributions to modern military warfare. The mission of
    this secret society is to bring honor to the name of Phu Khen.

    A 'Khen' was a subordinate to a 'Khan' (pronounced 'konn') in the
    military structure of the Mongol hordes. Khan is Mongol for leader.

    Most know of the great Genghis Khan, but little has been written of
    his chain of command. Khen is also of Mongol origin. Although there is
    not a word in English that adequately conveys the meaning. Roughly
    translated, it means, "One who will do the impossible, while appearing
    unprepared and complaining constantly."

    Phu Khen was one of ten Khens that headed the divisions, or groups of
    hordes, as they were known, of the Mongol Army serving under Genghis
    Khan. His abilities came to light during the Mongols' raids on the
    Turkistan city of Bohicaroo. Bohicans were fierce warriors and the
    city was well fortified. The entire city was protected by huge walls
    and the hordes were at a standoff with the Bohicans. Bohicaroo was
    well-stocked and it would be difficult to wait them out. Genghis Khan
    assembled his Khens and ordered each of them to develop a plan for
    penetrating the defenses of Bohicaroo.

    Operation Achieve Victory (AV) was born. All 10 divisions of Khens
    submitted their plan. After reviewing AV plans 1 thru 7 and finding
    them all unworkable or ridiculous, Genghis Khan was understandably

    It was with much perspiration that Phu Khen submitted his idea, which
    came to be known as AV 8. Upon seeing AV 8, Genghis was convinced this
    was the perfect plan and gave his immediate approval, ignoring the
    rest of the plans. The plan was beautifully simple. Phu Khen would arm
    his hordes to the teeth, load them into catapults, and hurl them over
    the wall. The losses were expected to be high, but hey, hordes were
    cheap! Those that survived the flight would engage the enemy in
    combat. Those that did not? Well, surely their flailing bodies would
    cause some damage.

    The plan worked and the Bohicans were defeated. From that day on,
    whenever the Mongol Army encountered an insurmountable enemy, Genghis
    Khan would give the order, "Send some of Phu Khen's AV 8-ers." This
    is believed, though not by anyone outside our secret society, to be
    the true origin of the word Aviator (AV 8-er).

    Phu Khen's AV 8-ers were understandably an unruly mob, not likely to
    be socially acceptable. Many were heavy drinkers and insomniacs. But
    when nothing else would do, you could always could always count on an
    AV 8-er. A Phu Khen Aviator. Denied, perhaps rightfully so, his place
    in history, Phu Khen has been, nonetheless, immortalized in poetry.

    As the great poet Norman Lear never once said:

    "There once was a man named Phu Khen,
    Whose breakfast was whiskey and gin.
    Before e'er he'd fly, he'd give a loud war cry:
    Bend over, it's comin' ag'in."

    Consider it an honor to be a Phu Khen Aviator. Wear the mantle
    proudly, but speak of it cautiously. It is not always popular to be
    one of us.

    You hear mystical references, often in hushed whispers, of 'those Phu
    Khen Aviators.' Do not let these things bother you. As with any secret
    society, we go largely misunderstood, prohibited by our apathy from
    explaining ourselves.

    You are expected to always live down to the reputation of the Phu Khen
    Aviator... a reputation cultivated for centuries, undaunted by scorn
    or ridicule, unhindered by progress. So drink up, be crude, sleep
    late, urinate in public, and get the job done.

    While others are offended, you can revel in the knowledge that YOU are

    Now you know....