Nothing is stranger then a bunch of military members getting together....except, maybe, a bunch of perl crazed monks getting together.</quote>
Where would Perl-crazed monks in the military fall in this ranking? It may be a very small group, however. The only member of the Perl monk's military order of whom I'm aware (there may be many, many more) is brian d foy.
At that time  the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.
—Igor Sikorsky, reported in AOPA Pilot
magazine February 2003.