1. Words and music by Major Robert Crawford
2. The words in parenthesis replace the italics words of the 1939 original
3. The words in brackets are spoken
4. For radio and television, substitute "terrible" for "helleva"(quote from sheet music)
5. Copied from original sheet music published by Fischer Music (1951), on display since 1986,
....fourth floor, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va. Presented to AFSC by Major Mary J. Uttech, US Army, Class 79.
Verse 1 (main melody)
Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the
Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder, at 'em, boys, give'er the gun! [give'er the gun, now!]
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, off with (on) one helleva roar (course),
We live in fame or go down in flame, hey! Nothing'll stop the Army Air Corps (US Air Force)
Verse 2 (main melody)
Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder, sent it high into
Hands of men blasted the world a sunder; How they lived, God only knew! [God only new, then!]
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer, gave us (our) wings, ever to soar (every resource)!
With scouts (jets) before and Bombers (Bombs) galore, Nothing'll stop the Army Air Corps (US Air Force)
Verse 3 (amended melody)
Here's a toast to the host of those who love the vastness of
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly,
We drink to those who gave their all of old:
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of the men we boast, the Army Air Corps (US Air Force). ZOOM.
Verse 4 (main melody)
Off we go into the wild sky yonder, Keep the wings level and
If you'd live to be a gray haired wonder, keep the nose out of the blue [out of the wild blue].
Flying men, guarding our nation's borders, we'll be there followed by more (ever on course)!
In each echelon, we carry on, Hey! Nothing'll stop the Army Air Corps (US Air Force)