The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
~Amelia Earhart, aviator
If you hear me yell; “Eject, Eject, Eject!”, the last two will be echoes. If you stop to ask “Why?”, you’ll be talking to yourself, because by then you’ll be the pilot.
~Pre-flight briefing from an F-15 pilot.
The three best things in life are: A good landing, a good orgasm, and, a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life where you get to experience all three at the same time.
~Ready room sign, USS Enterprise, 1969, Gulf of Tonkin
You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.
~Paul F. Crickmore, SR-71 test pilot
When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.
~Multi-Engine Training Manual
If an airplane is still in one piece, don’t cheat on it; ride the bastard down.
~Ernst K. Gann, author and aviator
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, American aviator
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they easy but because they are hard.
~President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962
Decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.
~Amelia Earhart, aviator
Every generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look at new
worlds, to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation.
~James Lovell, Astronaut
There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
~Eddie Rickenbacker, fighter pilot and business leader
What freedom lies in flying, what Godlike power it gives to men….I lose all consciousness in this strong unmortal space crowded with beauty, pierced with danger.
~Charles A. Lindbergh
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
~Richard Bach, pilot & American writer
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.
You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off into the wind.
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
At the end of our lives, whether they are terribly short or satisfyingly long, the things we will regret are not what we did, but what we did not do, because we were afraid to try. For us, the risk that some people may associate with flying historic aircraft at airshows is offset by the satisfaction and quality it brings to our lives.
~Lad Doctor, warbird owner & pilot
Orville Wright did not have a pilot’s license…think about it.
~Jeff Daniels, actor & song writer
Not all birds can fly. What separates the flyers from the walkers
is the ability to take off.
~Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) Astronomer