Decide...whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.— Amelia Earhart
Lust Great Aviation quotations
Silence is a source of great strength.
The quality of the box matters little. Success depends upon the man who sits in it.
For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating.
For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
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?
If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.
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.
This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts, and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.
In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.
Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man.
Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see .
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky.
The thing is helicopters are different from airplanes An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or incompetent piloting, it will fly
Any idiot can get an airplane off the ground, but an aviator earns his keep by bringing it back anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances that man and God can dream up.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I'm afraid, lying.
Get rid at the outset of the idea that the airplane is only an air-going sort of automobile. It isn't. It may sound like one and smell like one, and it may have been interior decorated to look like one; but the difference is - it goes on wings.
Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below and smit thee.
To a great mind, nothing is little.
I ask people who don't fly, "How can you not fly when you live in a time in history when you can fly?"
The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul.
An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.
It is hard enough for anyone to map out a course of action and stick to it, particularly in the face of the desires of one's friends; but it is doubly hard for an aviator to stay on the ground waiting for just the right moment to go into the air.
Rule books are paper - they will not cushion a sudden meeting of stone and metal.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.
Anyone can do the job when things are going right. In this business we play for keeps.
There are two kinds of airplanes - those you fly and those that fly you .
. . You must have a distinct understanding at the very start as to who is the boss.
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.
The spacious firmament on high, And all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim.
Nobody who gets too damned relaxed builds up much flying time.
To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport, although that end is what we have all ostensibly been striving to attain.
I don't think I possess any skill that anyone else doesn't have.
I've just had perhaps more of an opportunity, more of an exposure, and been fortunate to survive a lot of situations that many other weren't so lucky to make it.
Who was the best pilot I ever saw? You're lookin' at 'im.
No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once.
It's when things are going just right that you'd better be suspicious.
There you are, fat as can be. The whole world is yours and you're the answer to the Wright brothers' prayers. You say to yourself, nothing can go wrong ... all my trespasses are forgiven. Best you not believe it.