As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.— John Glenn
Eye-opening Aviation quotations
Do you know how much faster I can fix an airplane when I want to fix it than when I don't want to fix it?
The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life.
Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.
Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.
Use your fear... it can take you to the place where you store your courage.
The Americans cannot build aeroplanes. They are very good at refrigerators and razor blades.
No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Goering. You may call me Meyer.
Decide...whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.
The quality of the box matters little. Success depends upon the man who sits in it.
If we maintain our faith in God, love of freedom, and superior global air power, the future looks good.
The duty of the fighter pilot is to patrol his area of the sky, and shoot down any enemy fighters in that area. Anything else is rubbish.
I considered the attacks on London useless, and I told the Fuhrer again and again that inasmuch as I knew the English people as well as I did my own people, I could never force them to their knees by attacking London. We might be able to subdue the Dutch people by such measures but not the British.
The helicopter is probably the most versatile instrument ever invented by man.
It approaches closer than any other to fulfillment of mankind's ancient dreams of the flying horse and the magic carpet.
Infantry, Artillery, Aviation - all that we have - are yours to dispose of as you will. . . . I have come to say to you that the American people would be proud to be engaged in the greatest battle in history.
Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature.
For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating.
For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.
If a woman wants to fly, first of all she must, of course, abandon skirts and don a knickerbocker uniform.
The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down.
I have found that women are not only just as much interested as men are in flying, but apparently have less fear than the men have. At least, more women than men asked to go up with me. And when I took them up, they seemed to enjoy it.
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can't I?
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.
The most important thing in fighting was shooting, next the various tactics in coming into a fight and last of all flying ability itself.
If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.
My solution to the problem would be to tell [the North Vietnamese Communists] frankly that they've got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression or we're going to bomb them into the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval power - not with ground forces.
Once we got over the origin story, we could really delve deeper into their lives and characters and angst. So this movie actually has more heart, more humor.
The perfect place to begin is exactly where you are right now.
There are a lot of people who say that bombing cannot win the war.
My reply to that is that it has never been tried. . . and we shall see.
Victory smiles upon those who anticipate the change in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur.
Had I been a man I might have explored the Poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was my spirit found outlet in the air. . . .
We are going to scourge the Third Reich from end to end.
We are bombing Germany city by city and ever more terribly in order to make it impossible for her to go in with the war. That is our object, and we shall pursue it relentlessly.
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Flying is more than a sport and more than a job;
flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.