"It's congenital really. We're an aspiring species that doesn't have wings. What else would we dream of?"
- Mark Vanhoenacker, British Airways B747 pilot and aviation author, on dreams of flight. Story in Financial Times newspaper, 17 April 2015.
"For God’s sake, open the door!"
- Captain Patrick Sondheimer, Germanwings 9525, 10:32 local time, 24 March 2015.
The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.
- Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886.
My first wife didn't like to fly, either.
- Gordon Baxter, long-time writer for Flying magazine.
That's not flying, that's just falling with style.
- Woody, from the 1996 movie Toy Story, regarding Buzz Lightyear.
There is an art … to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Every time I fly and am forced to remove my shoes, I'm grateful Richard Reid is not known as the Underwear Bomber.
- Douglas Manuel, aerospace executive regards airport security. Reported in USA Today, 13 March 2003.
Landing on the ship during the daytime is like sex, it's either good or it's great. Landing on the ship at night is like a trip to the dentist, you may get away with no pain, but you just don't feel comfortable.
- LCDR Thomas Quinn, USN.
Ted: "We're gonna have to come in pretty low on this approach."
Elaine: "Is that difficult?"
Ted: "Well sure it's difficult. It's part of every textbook approach. It's just something you have to do ... when you land."
- from the 1982 movie "Airplane II, The Sequel."
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
- George Bernard Shaw
Leader, bandits at 2 o'clock!
Roger; it's only 1:30 now—what'll I do 'til then?
— The Bill Waterson comic character Calvin, of "Cavin and Hobbes." fame.
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"Flying is a great equalizer. The plane doesn't know or care about your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support. You just have to perform. That's all anyone cares about when you're up there - that you can do your job, and that you do it exceptionally well."
- Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, on being the first female to fly the F-35. Story in MyPanhandle.com, 6 May 2015.
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