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Zoom! I Am a Pilot

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 02, 2013

By request, here is another of the Primary songs from the 1950s-60s, this one for the “Pilot” classes of 6-, 7-, and 8-year-olds, known as Right-Way Pilots, Co-Pilots, and Top-Pilots.



To make them visible to search engines, the words are:

A Pilot Song

Words by Athelia S. Tanner,
Music by Mildred T. Pettit

In my plane I’ll fly today –
Zoom, I am a pilot!
My right-way compass points the way,
Zoom, I am a pilot.

On the beam I’ll always stay.
It guides every pilot.
I’ll live, I’ll follow, every day,
Because I am a pilot.


All through life I’ll safely fly.
I can, I will, if I but try.
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!



  1. Will President Uchtdorf be singing this next General Conference?

    Comment by wonderdog — February 3, 2013 @ 4:37 am

  2. That would make a great music video, Wonderdog! /laugh/

    Comment by Carol — February 3, 2013 @ 7:17 am

  3. I don’t remember that song. I do remember being a Right Way Pilot, CTR Pilot, and a Top Pilot back in the ’60s. Did the Co-Pilot name get changed at some point, or was my branch drifting into apostasy?

    Comment by Left Field — February 3, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  4. When in doubt, assume apostasy! :)

    The pilot theme was used from 1952-1968. They did change names at some point — there was a period when one of the classes had a rocket pilot theme — but exactly what names were used when is a research project I still need to tackle. I used the names most familiar to me. I’ll add this to my to-do list, Left Field.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 3, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

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