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|3rd June 2005||"Sky pilot"--Victorian military slang?|
By Diana Blackwell
Can anybody confirm whether the term "sky pilot" might plausibly have been used by a British soldier in 1879 to refer to a member of the clergy?
|3rd June 2005||Michael Boyle|
I could only trace it back to W W I. (Which is still 50 years older than I thought!) :
Prior to the invention of manned flight the term 'pilot' generally referred to either an inland waterway skipper or one broght aboard an ocean going vessel to navigate into difficult ports. I'm not sure if ballon operators were called 'pilot' but if they were then perhaps the analogy to padres could go back further than the Great War. (Though a bit of an analogical stretch I suppose any of the above could apply.)
|9th June 2005||Diana Blackwell|
Thanks for the info!