Aviation Quote of the Month:
One day, long, long ago, there was this
surprisingly, was not full of shit,
But it was a long time ago.............
And just for one day.
Being a fighter pilot is a privilege and an honor. It is fun and
it is stressful.
And the difference between a bunch of guys who fly fighters and a group of
shit hot fighter pilots flying in the world's best fighter squadron is camaraderie.
And I can't think of any better way to build camaraderie than by singin' songs,
drinkin' booze, and telling stories at the bar on Fridays.
~ Chris Kurek, Founding member of the band Dos Gringos
brave may not live forever - but the cautious do not live at all!
~ Sir Richard Branson
dear son of my heart, lest in thy new-found power thou seekest even the gates
of Olympus... These wings may bring thy freedom but may also come thy death.
~Daedalus to Icarus. After teaching his son to use his new wings of wax and feathers.
only two types of aircraft….fighters and targets.
~Doyle “Wahoo” Nicholson, USMC
They are cold, steely-eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people
and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable.
The average pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very
much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring.
These feelings generally just don't involve anyone else.
Airplanes don’t respond to logbooks, lies or legends,
only to good headwork and the control inputs we make.
~Michael Maya Charles, Aviation author, photographer and pilot
You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there
isn’t any woman and there isn’t any horse, nor any before
nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane.
~Earnest Hemingway, Colliers, 1944
mile of highway will take you a mile, a mile of runway will take you anywhere.
~Steve, Blogger from Ohio
God forgives man the time spent looking at airplane photos.
~Barrett Tillman, aircraft historian and author
Drones will not be late to briefings, start fights at happy hour,
destroy clubs, attempt to seduce others' dates, spill flaming hookers,
purchase huge watches, insult other services, sing O'Leary's Balls,
dance on tables, yell "Show us your tits!" or do all of the other
things that we know win wars!
~Attributed to a USAF fighter pilot
is the handmaiden of the pilot.
Sometimes it comes by accident, sometimes by an act of God.
~A. Scott Crossfield, NASA test pilot
The man who flies an
airplane...must believe in the unseen.
Fight to fly, fly to fight, fight
~U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, TOPGUN
It’s like living at an airshow, unless you have something against
airplanes, golf, guns, motorcycles, nice cars or drinking.
~Brian Norris – commenting on living at Spruce Creek Airpark
A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid situations
which require the use of his superior skills.
~Frank Borman - Apollo 8
Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree
than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.
~Captain A. G. Lamplugh, London, 1930's
You can always tell when a man has lost his
soul to flying.
The poor bastard is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever
he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft
purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly
fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every
aircraft within view take off and land.
~Ernest K. Gann, 'Fate is the Hunter'
It's the most exiting thing you have ever done
with your pants on!
~Stephen Coonts, "Flight of the Intruder'
Flying makes me feel like a sex maniac in a
whorehouse with a stack of $20 bills
It's Bernoulli not Marconi that flies the
~Ralph Royce, Airshow boss
cashed in their horses for choppers and went tear assin' around the Nam looking
for the shit.
~ (Apocalypse Now)
There is no reason to fly through a
thunderstorm in peacetime.
~Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Montham AFB, AZ, 1970
Nobody who gets too damned relaxed builds up much flying time.
~Ernest K. Gann, advice from the "old pelican."
What kind of man would live where there is no
daring? I don't believe
in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without
taking any chance at all.
~Charles A. Lindbergh
Airshow flying is tough, it's even tougher if
you do something stupid.
Don't do nuthin dumb!
~Ralph Royce, Airshow boss
The J3 Cub is the safest airplane in the
world; it can just barely kill you.
~Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot
for your patience and understanding in advance. We here at Whiteman AFB
are in the business of hunting down and destroying America's enemies, not putting
on Air shows. Further, the protection of the B-2 bomber, a strategic national asset,
presents unique considerations for an Air show, and will undoubtedly affect what
you may consider "normal air show operations". I have absolutely no doubts about
our ability to put on a safe and thrilling air show that is both entertaining and that
highlights our Air Force's combat capabilities, however you may not be able to fly
as close to the crowd line as you would like and there may be limitations on what
are "normal operations" - nothing that we do differently however will compromise
safety in and regard - if you feel differently, please bring it up ASAP.
~Aaron J. Franklin, Major, USAF & Wings Over Whiteman 2010 Airboss
When a prang seems inevitable, endeavor to
strike the softest,
cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible.
~advice given to RAF pilots during WWII
The length of debate about a flight maneuver
is always inversely
proportional to the complexity of maneuver. Thus if the flight
maneuver is simple enough, debate approaches infinity.
~Robert Livingston, "Flying The Aeronca"
There's a lot of Hollywood bullshit about
flying. I mean, look at the
movies about test pilots or fighter pilots who face imminent death.
The controls are jammed or something really important has fallen
off the plane, and these guys are talking like magpies; their lives are
flashing past their eyes, and they're flailing around the cockpit. It
just doesn't happen. You don't have time to talk. You're too damn
busy trying to get out of the problem you're in to talk or ricochet
around the cockpit. Or think about what happened the night of
your senior prom.
~Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF
When asked by someone how much money flying takes:
Why, all of it!
~ Gordon Baxter
And let's get one thing straight. There's a
between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician;
the other is an artist in love with flight.
~E. B. Jeppesen
Flexible is much too rigid, in aviation you
have to be fluid.
There are no accidents and no fatal flaws in
the machines: there are only
pilots with the wrong stuff.
~Tom Wolfe, 'The Right Stuff'
Without my airplane I am an ordinary man, and
a useless one - a trainer without
a horse, a sculptor without marble, a priest without a god. Without an airplane I
am a lonely consumer of hamburgers...
Never fly in the cockpit with someone braver
~Richard Herman Jr.
An airplane might disappoint any pilot but
it'll never surprise a good one.
You'll be bothered from time to time by
storms, fog, snow. When you are, think of those
who went through it before you, and say to yourself, "what they could do, I can do.
~Antoine de Saint Exupery, "Wind Sand, and Stars," 1939
The quality of the box matters little. Success
depends upon the man who sits in it.
~Baron Manfred von Richthofen, AKA The Red Baron
I've never seen an airplane yet that can
read the type ratings on your pilot's license.
The only time an aircraft has too much fuel
on board is when it is on fire.
~Sir Charles Kingsford Smith
Always keep an 'out' in your hip pocket.
If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on
it. Ride the bastard down.
~Ernest K, Gann, advice from an the "old pelican," 'The Black Watch'
A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an
airplane is, I'm afraid, lying.
Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below
and smit thee.
I was always afraid of dying. Always. It
was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my
emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.
~General Chuck Yeager
"Are you ever afraid when you fly?"
That's a good question. Yeah. I'm always a little afraid when I fly. That's what makes me so damn good. I've seen pilots
who weren't afraid of anything, who would forget about checking their instruments, who flew by instinct as though they
were immortal. I've pissed on the graves of those poor bastards too. The pilot who isn't a little bit afraid always screws
up and when you screw up bad in a jet, you get a corporal playing taps at the expense of the government.
~Lieutenant Colonel Bull Meecham, USMC, in Pat Conroy's book, The Great Santini
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk
the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been,
and there you will always long to return.
Aviation is proof, that given the will, we have the
capacity to achieve the impossible.
~Captain Edward Rickenbacker
tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack
lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
~ Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our
society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.
~ Gil Stern
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Fly the thing as
far into the crash as possible.
The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our
ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in
prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.
~ Wilber Wright
There is one thing that I can promise you about the
outer-space program - your tax dollar will go further.
~ Werner von Braun
If black boxes survive air crashes, why don't they make
the whole plane out of that stuff?
I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into
the wing and then into the air, till I'm just a soul on a sunbeam.