Flying Aces magazine
had a regular feature of aviation humor entitled "Wisecrack-Ups." You can tell from
the gag lines and topics that it reflects a very different time that was the 1930s.
December 1939, when this issue was published was, was very shortly after World War II
had begun in Europe, yet one of the comics has an enemy observation balloon, Sopwith
Camels, and Fokker D7s, left over from World War I. Most of the content is
uncredited, except for the artwork. Mention is made of the G.A.R., which is not
familiar to me. The best thing I could come up with for it given the era is maybe
the Grand Army
of the Republic.
Taxi in on this runway and pick up a plane load of laughs! In this department,
we present a collection of jokes, cartoons, and humorous verse. For all original
jokes which we can use here, Flying Aces will pay $1. Contributions cannot be returned.
Address all letters to Wisecrack-ups.
"Lend me your cigar, my good man. This lady wants my autograph."
Quick on the Punch
Instructor: Having covered the subject of wing ribs, we will now take up spars.
Ex-prize fighter: Swell! And who'll be my sparring partner?
Glad to Oblige
Dumb inventor (with new rattle-trap racing crate): Will you time me as I fly
it around the speed course?
Transport pilot: Sure! Just wait a sec while I run into the office and get a
Father: Is that a mosquito in your hand, Jimmie?
Son: You're eyes are going bad, dad. This is my entry in the Smallest Model Contest.
"And that," concluded the Texas barnstormer, "is how me and my Jenny started
a tropical hurricane that went 100 miles per hour."
"But I say, Old Bean," spoke up a visiting Limey pilot. "I cawn't say that's
so extraordinary. Just the other, fortni't I started a Hawker Hurricane that went
400 miles per hour - and made it loop the loop!"
Show Him a Dirigible
Plane salesman: Now here are the ship's rudder pedals.
Lazy customer: Yeah? Then it's no sale. I didn't know you had to pedal the dang
"Yeah, we'd better tip him off that he's wearin...' his knapsack
"Quick - another pin! This one's bent!"
Ground school teacher: You're just like William the Conqueror.
Dumb sky rookie: But, Sir - he didn't know anything about flying.
G.S.T.: That's just it!
Enough Is Enough
Dumb student (enthusiastically): Did you see my last dive?
Instructor (wearily): I hope so!
Grandpa bought a Stinson "R"
But pushed the throttle in too far.
Twinkle twinkle little star.
Music by the G.A.R.
Droopy: He flew solo all the way from Denver.
Dopey: It is funny, considerin' how most of 'em fly so high.
Garrity: How did you find the weather up there at 10,000 feet?
Phineas: Oh, I just flew up there - and there it was! Haw-w-w-w!
Dumb Dora thinks a ground loop is something caused by an earthquake.
"So you're the chief of the college air force?"
"Yeah, I blow up all the footballs!'
Posted June 4, 2022