It had been stressed to the instruction of airborne troops that the psychological approach was of utmost importance. "Above all," his superiors cautioned, "don't do or say anything that might cause sudden fright to trainees." Thus, when one engine conked out on a flight and another began smoking badly, the instructor strove for nonchalance as he adjusted his parachute on his way to the hatch door. "Now I want you men to keep perfectly calm," he said, "while I go for help."
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