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Air station attacked: Bees take MCAS by force (1980)
There was a panic here last week as a squadron of killer bees arrived for a two-day deployment.
Landing without clearance from the tower, the bees caught everyone by surprise, including a pilot who was about to take off in his A-4. The bees, which numbered in the thousands, asked him sharply to leave and they then had lunch on the plane's canopy.
After eating, the bees needed something to wash their food down. They went to the cafeteria, where they were told, even if they were a visiting squadron they still had to pay. this was unheard of; so they paid in marks... on the face.
After swarming, in formation, from the cafeteria, the bees showed their force by infiltrating work areas, where they took possession of soda cans as confused workers looked on. The bees found the workers very generous and cooperative. The workers found the bees very pushy and domineering. the bees admitted they had a way of getting their point across.
The killer bee squadron was ready to leave however, they weren't very happy when air traffic controllers permitted a C-5 Galaxie to taxie before them. Their question: What does a Galaxie have over a bee?
With this remark, miltary officials here had enough. A call was made to the Public Works Department, who had the job of arresting the squadron of bees and holding them until the proper authorities arrived.
One high ranking military official said, "We Marines have a reputation to uphold and we will not be pushed around by honey bees claiming to be killer bees; they can sit on their weapons!"