Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.— Manfred von Richthofen
Heartwarming Military Aviation quotations
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
If we maintain our faith in God, love of freedom, and superior global air power, the future looks good.
The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down.
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.
Air power alone does not guarantee America's security, but I believe it best exploits the nation's greatest asset - our technical skill.
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.
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
A modern, autonomous, and thoroughly trained Air Force in being at all times will not alone be sufficient, but without it there can be no national security.
The Marine Corps is proud of the fact that it is a force of combined arms, and it jealously guards the integrity of its air-ground team.
Go in close, and when you think you are too close, go in closer.
Offense is the essence of air power.
Strategic air assault is wasted if it is dissipated piecemeal in sporadic attacks between which the enemy has an opportunity to readjust defenses or recuperate.
The emergencies you train for almost never happen. It's the one you can't train for that kills you.
Only one military organization can hold and gain ground in war-a ground army supported by tactical aviation with supply lines guarded by the navy.
To have command of the air means to be able to cut an enemy's army and navy off from their bases of operation and nullify their chances of winning the war.
The only time an aircraft has too much fuel on board is when it is on fire.
The J3 Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.
Airpower has become predominant, both as a deterrent to war, and-in the eventuality of war-as the devastating force to destroy an enemy's potential and fatally undermine his will to wage war.
The function and Navy in any future war will be to support the dominant air arm.
Not to have an adequate air force in the present state of the world is to compromise the foundations of national freedom and independence.
The first and absolute requirement of strategic air power in this war was control of the air in order to carry out sustained operations without prohibitive losses.
The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. That has never been the case and never will be. One of the great factors on the next war will be aircraft obviously. The potentialities of aircraft attack on a large scale are almost incalculable.
Air control can be established by superiority in numbers, by better employment, by better equipment, or by a combination of these factors.
And, so I set my goals on astronaut because, as a military aviator, it was, I considered that to be about the peak of a flying career.
Only air power can defeat air power. The actual elimination or even stalemating of an attacking air force can be achieved only by a superior air force.
The Air Force comes in every morning and says, 'Bomb, bomb, bomb' .
.. And then the State Department comes in and says, 'Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all.'
The smallest amount of vanity is fatal in aeroplane fighting.
Selfdistrust rather is the quality to which many a pilot owes his protracted existence.
We're at a real time of transition here in terms of future aviation.
What's going to be manned? What's going to be unmanned? There are those who see [the JSF] as the last manned fighter/bomber. And I'm one that's inclined to believe it-whether it's right or not.
Fighting in the air is not sport. It is scientific murder.
Aviation is going to control the world economically and militarily whether we like it or not. Airpower is not merely military aviation, it is also civilian aviation and airpower is peace power.
Always keep an 'out' in your hip pocket.
Air power can either paralyze the enemy's military action or compel him to devote to the defense of his bases and communications a share of his straitened resources far greater that what we need in the attack.
Air power may either end war or end civilization.
I read, studied, and learned everything I could find about aviation.
It was my greatest desire to become a pilot. I could already picture myself in the cockpit of an airliner or in a military fighter plane. I felt deep in my heart this was my thing!