He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
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A small, pesky spirit that fi rst appeared in
British military aircraft during World War I. Royal Air
Force pilots sent out on dangerous missions reported see-
ing misty, goblinlike spirits in their aircraft. The pilots
named them “gremlins.” Nothing public was said about
them until 1922, perhaps out of superstitious belief that
it might be bad luck to acknowledge the spirits. The term
“gremlin,” after Grimm’s
came into popu-
lar usage in 1939 during World War II, when a British
bomber squadron in India suffered numerous incidents
of seeming sabotage to their craft. Gremlins have since
expanded their presence to military and civilian aircraft
elsewhere around the world.
Gremlins seem to be friendly in nature, though they
are wont to play poltergeist-like pranks upon crew. They
are ascribed great knowledge of technology, meteorology,
engineering and aerodynamics. They have been said to
drink fuel, bore holes in the aircraft, bite through cables,
sever fuel lines, slash wings with invisible scissors, and
punch and pinch gunners and bombardiers as they line
targets up in their sights. They have been blamed for poor
landings by pilots. On the other hand, they also have
been credited with helping pilots to fl
y badly damaged
aircraft to safety.
Gremlins also have been reported to appear in facto-
ries. They perhaps may be modern, high-tech versions of
, and other such
spirits who, according to lore, like to live among humans
and keep them alert.
Various descriptions have been given of gremlins.
During World War II, some were said to be six inches tall
with horns and black leather suction boots, while others
looked like a cross between a jack rabbit and a bull ter-
rier. Still others were humanoid and about one foot tall,
wearing ruffl ed red jackets and green breeches. Some had
webbed feet with fi ns on the heels.
When Charles Lindbergh made his historic solo
ight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, he reportedly
saw spirits in his cabin that may have been gremlins or
gremlin-like. By the ninth hour of his journey, which
took thirty-three and one-half hours, Lindbergh became
fatigued and began to feel detached from his surround-
ings. He became aware that the fuselage was fi
vaporous forms that moved freely about. They spoke in
friendly voices and discussed navigation. They reassured
him of his safety and also imparted, he said, information
of a mystical nature. Lindbergh did not reveal his strange
experiences until the publication of his book
The Spirit of
Cases have been recorded of gremlinlike voices speak-
ing audibly to civilian pilots, delivering instructions to
turn, land, change course, and so on, in order to avert