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tony draper
29th Sep 2001, 16:16
They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist. . . .
Killed in battle during US Civil War.
~~ General John Sedgwick, Union Commander, d. 1864

Shoot straight you bastards and don't make a mess of it!
Executed by firing squad.
~~ Harry Harbord "Breaker" Morant, Australian poet & national hero, d. 1902

Don't worry, it's not loaded.
Suicide playing Russian roulette.
~~ Terry Kath, rock musician, d. January 23, 1978

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29th Sep 2001, 17:35
"hold me beer and watch this"
billy-bob the redneck

Cisco Kid
29th Sep 2001, 18:51
18 th century highwayman standing on the gallows in front of a sell out crowd at Tyburn,"are you sure this thing is safe"

Bally Heck
29th Sep 2001, 21:36
"Die, my dear Doctor, that's the last thing I shall do!" Lord Palmerston

29th Sep 2001, 21:47
"Where do I sit?"

Me, last week, the dentistīs office.

30th Sep 2001, 01:55
"Can you smell burning?" - Joan of Arc

"I feel better now" - Gladstone

(thanks to Spike Milligan for the above) :D

30th Sep 2001, 02:00
I thought that thing about dying being the last thing on his mind was one of Oscar Wilde`s. Or was it "either that wallpaper goes or I do"

Q: What were Titus oates last words?

A: Where is that f***ing tent!

George 4th is supposed to have said "****** Bognor" on being told he would be able to go there when he was feeling better.

30th Sep 2001, 02:04
"The next one is a sharp right turn......LEFT!LEFT!LEFT!"

...my co-driver in a fire-fighter pathfinder, with no lights, on a pitch black night in northern DK

Stragely enough, those were not his last words - merely the last while the car was still upright. His next words were :

"Does the radio still work?" :D

...and yes, THOSE were his last words! :mad: :eek: :p :D

...dnamed slepnigl...

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tony draper
30th Sep 2001, 02:04
Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
~~ Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, d. 1923

gul dukat
30th Sep 2001, 02:18
OK lads ...everybody over this side and wave at the king ....captain ..Mary Rose

Cisco Kid
30th Sep 2001, 02:37
"what the f***k was that?".-The mayor of Hiroshima .(apologies for v poor taste)

tony draper
30th Sep 2001, 02:51
Alamagordo, New Mexico July 15 1945.

"Begorra Patrick, dis looks a foin place, we'll camp here under dis tower tingy"

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tony draper
30th Sep 2001, 03:25
Bosworth field Aug 21st 1485

"Its alright groom, I probably won't need my horse today"

Richard the third

30th Sep 2001, 05:33
"Put that bloody cigarette out"

HH Munro (Saki) in WW1 trenches just before...you know :(

30th Sep 2001, 19:03
King Harold at the `Battle of Hastings`..
`Watch out !! You`ll have someones eye out with that!!"...

Dave Hedgehog
30th Sep 2001, 23:46
Dont Shoot! Dont Shoot! I surr-

And Mr. Draper, the famous last words "they couldnt hit an elephant etc", wasnt that a victorian general in the sudan? i may be wrong of course


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1st Oct 2001, 00:09
American Civil War, dunno which side, just impressed he'd been out Elephant shooting in that era

tony draper
1st Oct 2001, 00:22
Interestingly, the battle of Newburn,the Scots on the North banks of the Tyne our lot on the South bank, was triggered when a Scots officer walked his horse down to the waters edge,for a drink and some wag on our side had a pop at him with old brown bess and killed him stone dead.
The river must be three hundred yards wide there, it was a hell of a shot for weaponry of that day.
Incidently, this pissed the Scotsmen off somewhat, and they charged across the Tyne, and chased us all the way back to Newcastle.
Boy they knew how to have fun in those days.

1st Oct 2001, 05:50
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

1st Oct 2001, 06:22
"Am I dying, or is it my birthday?"
Lady Astor.

"I'm bored with it all."
Sir Winston Churchill.

"KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low."
Last transmission from Amelia Earhart.

1st Oct 2001, 10:32
not exactly last words, but

'scattered showers ? yeah right...'
~ noah, long time ago

gravity victim
1st Oct 2001, 18:43
Anyone know who it was (Oscar Wilde?)who made the classic reply on his deathbed, when the attending priest was going through the last rites and got to the sentence:"Do you renounce the Devil and all his works?" - struggled up on the pillow and said: "If you people are right, this is no time to be making powerful enemies!"

Biggles Flies Undone
1st Oct 2001, 20:21
There was a similar thread on the Mil forum recently. The one that really impressed me was about a USAF (Phantom?) pilot who became disorientated in heavy IMC. He thought he was vertical and hit the afterburners – whereupon he burst out of the low overcast, headed straight down, supersonic and with no height to recover. His last transmission was “This is gonna hurt.... but not for long!”.

2nd Oct 2001, 00:10
"I am not a marxist" Karl Marx

Send Clowns
2nd Oct 2001, 03:34
Furthe to Biggles's - Phantom pilot (RAF I think), low-level loop at airshow, hits downdraught at the top, no time to recover by the time he realises. Last words "It's gonna be one of those days..."

2nd Oct 2001, 05:35
russian pilot's son in cockpit " what does this button do ?"

2nd Oct 2001, 09:42
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." -- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

Danish Pilot
2nd Oct 2001, 11:10
Famous last words.....?

During simulator course I was nonflying:
"feather no. 1"
"I say: confirm no 1?"
Co pilot says: "afirm" and I pull no. 2

Donīt know how famous it was, but it sure as hell was the last words :o

Tricky Woo
2nd Oct 2001, 12:21
"I'm feeling much better now, thanks".

Tricky Woo
2nd Oct 2001, 12:26
"Are you a rentboy?"

Per Ardua Ad Asda
2nd Oct 2001, 20:21
Send Clowns,
F4 @ Abingdon ?

3rd Oct 2001, 06:20
Go ahead and shoot, I dare you!

3rd Oct 2001, 09:54
Mac the Knife has already impugned my poor memory for quotes elsewhere but the following are substantially correct, if not technically last words (I haven't time to dig out the books, Mac!).

"Gentlemen, I tell you that man has as much chance of crossing the Atlantic under the power of steam as he has of flying to the moon."
Shipping magnate, shortly before Brunel and others succeeded in the first of those two feats.

"The Board can see no viable future for turbojet commercial airliners within the next 20 years . . .."
Chairman of BOAC, mid-1950s, announcing an order for turbo-props.

Hindsight is a wonderful gift, of course, but vision is more effective in the long run.

3rd Oct 2001, 16:52
"watch this" driver pf N611BC ( I hesitate to call him a pilot )http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001212X20685&key=1

4th Oct 2001, 05:46
shut up gringo..... :mad:

4th Oct 2001, 07:30
What does "pull-up" means....

Bally Heck
4th Oct 2001, 14:33
I believe it was a B747 freighter on a NDB approach in Malaysia. He was at 400' on the wrong side of a 1500' hill.

"Lookin' good John"

5th Oct 2001, 05:57
"Hey John?"
"Yeah Bill?"
"Why's the sky green?"
"Dunno Bill."

Or in the age of highly computerized aircraft...

"What do this mean 'Gear down software trial period has expired, would you like to register now? Y/N'".

"Try Ctrl, Alt, Delete again. See if that fixes it"

henry crun
5th Oct 2001, 08:18
Viscount Stafford in 1680, moments before the executioners axe descended,

"Take your time"

5th Oct 2001, 19:22
"I drank What?"

- Socrates

7th Oct 2001, 02:58
LAX en route flight following ATC:-
'where are you from ?'
'wer'e out of palm springs en route to san jose'

no, WHERE are from in England, my sister lives there !!!

DOH !!!! :p :)

7th Oct 2001, 03:33
..and dispensing at last with the straight edge, and using the compass to inscribe the final arc, I will prove it possible to square the circle; pay close attent...

Archimedes of Syracuse

Celtic Emerald
9th Oct 2001, 15:08
Messages scrawled by Americans stationed on the aircraft carriers on the bombs about to be dropped you know where (don't want to write anything that's too politically sensitive) :eek:

"This rounds on us - NYPD"

"This one is pork chop flavoured"

"Good morning" (With a raised middle finger drawn beside it i.e. up yours)

Black humour I know but I thought they were funny. Sorry! :eek:


9th Oct 2001, 22:09
Space Shuttle Challenger 1986:

"Go on then, let her have a go..."

9th Oct 2001, 23:49
Famous last words of Will Rogers:

"Yeah, Wiley, he's a great pilot!"

Famous last words of U.S. military pilots:

Navy: "Based on my experience,we should...."

AF: "Based on my training, we should...."

Army: "Watch this ****, this is how we did it in 'Nam!"

10th Oct 2001, 02:11
"Why yes honey, you do look fat in that dress".

John D. Albertson 1987.

10th Oct 2001, 02:11
A story I`ve heard from different sources over the years tells of the Canberra pilot who transmitted the following after his aircraft suddenly rolled inverted during the final stage of the approach:

" Cancel three lunches in the mess "

Anybody know if it`s true, or just an aviation myth?

Lon More
10th Oct 2001, 23:56
From Dave English's book, "Slipping the Surly Bonds" :

The most frequent last words I have heard on cockpit voice-recorder tapes are, "Oh **** ," said with about that much emotion> There's no panic, no scream, it's a sort of resignation: we've done everything we can, Ican't think of anything else to do and this is it.
- Frank McDermott, partner in McDermott Associates, specialists in CVRs.
Sacrifices must be made
- Otto Lilienthal. He died August 10, 1896, from injuries sustained two days earlier in a crash of one of his hang gliders
Yes I will succed and I'll make some money, unless I break my neck.
]- Eugene Lefebure, just before his fatal crash in a Wright Flyer
Higher, ever higher.
- Georges Chavez, after crashing his Bleriot on his trailblazing flight over the Alps, September 1910. His words became the motto of the Peruvian Air Force
What's the hurry? Are you afraid I won't come back?
- Baron Manfred Rittmeister von Richthofen's last recorded words, in reply to a request as he was climbing into the cockpit for his last flight
I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system and i hope this trip is it. Anyway when I have finished this job, I mean to give up long-distance "stunt" flying.
- Amelia Earhart, departing from Los Angeles for Florida onMay 21,1937. It was the start of her last flight
Did he not clear the runway - that Pan American?
- F.E. William Schreuer , KLM, just prior to the collision of two B747s on the ground in the Canary Islands
Hey - what's happening here?
- Capt. Robert Loft, Eastern Airlines Flight 401, Dec. 29, 1972, last recorded words before crashing into the florida Everglades
Ma, I love yah.
- Last recorded words fromPSA 182 after a midair over San Diego, Sep. 25,1978
God, look at that thing!
That don't seem right, does it?
That's not right
- FO Roger Pettit, during takeoff roll, Air Florida flight 90, Jan. 13, 1982.
Larry! We're going down Larry!
I know it
- FO Roger Pettit and Capt. Larry Wheaton, last words recorded on Air Forida flight 90, close to the 14th Street Bridge, Washington D.C., Jan. 13, 1982
Go with throttle up...uh-oh.
- Francis R. Scobee, Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger, last recorded words.
I've got a problem (uttered at 3000ft. while in an inverted flat spin)
I've really got a problem (at 1500ft.)
- Art Scholl, last recorded words while filming a stunt sequence for the movie, "Top Gun".
Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?
- Jessica Dubroff, 7 year old "pilot" speaking to her mother by telephone as the engines ran up for take off. She and her instructor crashed minutes later in rough weather

11th Oct 2001, 17:05
Thatīs not a real gun ---- John Lennon

11th Oct 2001, 18:19
Monica, I want you to sack my cook.

Bill Clinton to a hard of hearing intern!!

12th Oct 2001, 04:30
"Uh oh."

Pilot Michael J Smith, Space Shuttle Challenger, Cape Canaveral Florida 28 Jan 1986

12th Oct 2001, 06:31
Karl Marx:- "Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!"


12th Oct 2001, 17:48
"It's a far far better thing I do now, than I have ever done.
A far far better place I go to, than I have been.."

Comment by one Sydney Carton to an interested spectator Madame Defarge, just befor trying out the new Parisian head strimmer

12th Oct 2001, 21:35

The version I heard in the early 80's was "Cancel two late lunches"

14th Oct 2001, 02:16
I heard about one from the Vietnam War...flight leader to screaming pilot "shut up and die like a man"...tough call.

Bailed Out
14th Oct 2001, 03:04
“You shouldn’t cut off your nose to spite your face”

Biily bob’s wife before she earned him a fortune by dislocating his penis!