I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean. I flew in the Western Desert of Libya, in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.— Roald Dahl
Devotion Pilots And Flying quotations
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.
In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.
Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.
I recently learned something quite interesting about video games.
Many young people have developed incredible hand, eye, and brain coordination in playing these games. The air force believes these kids will be our outstanding pilots should they fly our jets.
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
I've been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War. And then, in the No-Fly Zone
I think it is love of that blue vault of sky that becomes your playground if, and only if, you are a fighter pilot. You don't understand it if you fly from A to B in straight and level, and merely climb and descend. You're moving through the basement of that bolt of blue.
The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul.
In the space age, man will be able to go around the world in two hours - one hour for flying and one hour to get to the airport.
The helicopter appeared so reluctant to fly forward that we even considered turning the pilot's seat around and letting it fly backward.
Flying is hypnotic and all pilots are victims to the spell.
Their world is like a magic island in which the factors of life and death assume their proper values. Thinking becomes clear because there are no earthly foibles or embellishments to confuse it.
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.
I have flown in just about everything, with all kinds of pilots in all parts of the world - British, French, Pakistani, Iranian, Japanese, Chinese - and there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between any of them except for one unchanging, certain fact: the best, most skillful pilot has the most experience.
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.
No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once.
Pilots are drawn to flying because it's a perfect combination of science, romance and adventure.
In the early 1930s, flying from England to Australia was the longest flight in the world. It was considered extremely dangerous and hazardous, pushing pilots to the limits of mechanical skills and human endurance. Aviation was young.
If you don't like what you see, stop looking.
Flying is hypnotic and all pilots are willing victims to the spell.
Harmony comes gradually to a pilot and his plane.
The wing does not want so much to fly true as to tug at the hands that guide it; the ship would rather hunt the wind than lay her nose to the horizon far ahead. She has a derelict quality in her character; she toys with freedom and hints at liberation, but yields her own desires gently.
There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.
When you think about flying, it's nuts really.
Here you are at about 40,000 feet, screaming along at 700 miles an hour and you're sitting there drinking Diet Pepsi and eating peanuts. It just doesn't make any sense.
Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven.
The desire to reach for the sky runs very deep in the human psyche.
The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I'd rather fly.
But to fly is just like swimming. You do not forget easily. I have been on the ground for more than ten years. If I close my eyes, however, I can again feel the stick in my right hand, the throttle in my left, the rudder bar beneath my feet. I can sense the freedom and the cleanliness and all the things which a pilot knows.
A fool and his money are soon invited everywhere.
Gravity. It's not just a good idea; it's the law!
Flying without feathers is not easy: my wings have no feathers.
And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning.