Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Line Service Monkey

I got this off the USS King Website... pretty funny

A fellow walked into a pet store and was looking at the animals on display.
While he was there, a Master Chief Petty Officer from the local Naval Air
Station walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "I'd like a line service
monkey, please. "  The clerk nodded, went to a cage at the side of the store
and took out a monkey.  He put a collar and leash on the animal and handed
it to the Chief, saying, "That'll be $1,000. "  The Chief paid and left with
the monkey.

Surprised, the fellow went to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very
expensive monkey.  Most of them are only a few hundred dollars.  Why did
that one cost so much? "  The shopkeeper answered, "Ah that was a line
service monkey. He can park, fuel, and service all Naval aircraft, conduct
all required ground ops testing, rig aircraft flight controls, and all with
no mistakes.  He is also trained in all carrier flight deck ops.  He's well
worth the money. "

With his interest peaked, the fellow looked around and spotted a monkey in
another cage with a $10,000 price tag. "That one's even more expensive!
What can it do? "  "Oh, that one is a "Maintenance Supervisor" monkey.  He
can instruct at all levels of aircraft maintenance, supervise all corrective
and preventive maintenance programs, supervise a crew of maintainers, and
even do most of the paperwork.  A very useful monkey indeed, " replied the

The guy looked around a little longer and found a third monkey in a cage.
The price tag read, "$50,000".  Holy cow!  What does this one do? "
"Well,"  the shopkeeper said,  "I've never actually seen him do anything but
drink beer, chase the girl monkeys, and play, but his papers say he's a pilot."

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