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LTC Stephen F.
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Thank you LTC (Join to see) for informing the uniformed about Catch 22 :-)
Yes catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules. The term was coined by Joseph Heller, who used it in his 1961 novel Catch-22.
In that wonderful novel World War II bombardier U.S. Army Air Corps Captain John Yossarian is stationed on the island of Pianosa. He is an individualist who seeks to protect his own life by fleeing to the hospital, since a “catch-22” in the U.S. Army Air Corps regulations prevent him from being grounded for illness or obtaining a leave.
"The "catch" in Catch-22 involves a mysterious Air Corps regulation which asserts that a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but that if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved."

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In the movie, the whole Squadron takes off together in staggered column. I'm sure they just did it for the movie but I'm sure that is not regulation because look what would happen if the lead plane had engine trouble and the other planes crashed into the lead plane. Here are some a - 26 Invaders Canada taking off and they do not takeoff like the formation did in catch-22.

https://youtu.be/eEBoNITml_U
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CPT Jack Durish
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One of my favorite stories. One of the few films that lived up to the book without diminishing the book
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Thank you!! I felt the same in 2001 Space Odyssey. The stargate scene was not really explained in the 1967 movie. I saw it originally as a 9 year old when it came out on re-release. Hippies, druggies were in the first row tripping out. In the sequel, 2010, they quoted from the 2001 book where the Astronaut Bowman said ' my God, its full of stars' as his last transmission back to Earth as he was being sucked in to a star gate to another dimension which lasted a few minutes and was psychedelic( in the book 2001,the Discovery still could send telemetry and radio comms even though HAL9000 was turned off). Now, Han Solo in the Millenium Falcon or the whole fleet jumps into hyperspace as well as on the Star Trek sequels and movies. It is so common now. Back in 1967, It was just an acid trip to hippies and confusing to the audience who did not read the book. I read the book after not getting it/understanding the movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oALxLNOhI6I
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MCPO Roger Collins
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I still use references to Catch-22, on occasion. And also believe the movie was spot on with the book.
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CW5 Jack Cardwell
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Book is better than the movie!
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