TOP 10 BEST AVIATION QUOTES

Discover Top 10 Most Inspiring Aviation Quotes.

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Douglas Adams 

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.

Mark Twain

Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.

Socrates

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

As soon as we left the ground, I knew I had to fly.

Amelia Earhart

Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.

Neil Armstrong

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.

Walter Cunningham

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

Friedrich Nietzsche

An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it’ll never surprise a good one.

Len Morgan 

The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.

Bill Gates

 

MORE QUOTES ABOUT AVIATION FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE

 

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.

Epicurus

Flying was a very tangible freedom. In those days, it was beauty, adventure, discovery – the epitome of breaking into new worlds.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes.

Charles Lindbergh

To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.

Jerry Crawford

Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.

George Bernard Shaw

Experience comes from bad judgment.

Mark Twain

In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.

Amelia Earhart 

Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again

Richard Bach

For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.

Richard Bach

If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.

Bob Hoover

No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once.

Otto Lilienthal

Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff.

Steven Wright

There’s no such thing as a natural-born pilot.

Chuck Yeager

If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.

Chuck Yeager

Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release, From little things; Knows not the livid loneliness of fear Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings.

Amelia Earhart

Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.

Pappy Boyington

Science, freedom, beauty, adventure: what more could you ask of life?

Charles Lindbergh

Why fly? Simple. I’m not happy unless there’s some room between me and the ground.

Richard Bach

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.

Amy Johnson

Great pilots are made not born… A man may possess good eyesight, sensitive hands, and perfect coordination, but the end result is only fashioned by steady coaching, much practice, and experience.

Johnnie Johnson

The emergencies you train for almost never happen. It’s the one you can’t train for that kills you.

Ernest K. Gann

I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.

Chuck Yeager

I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of single motored airplanes at night.

Charles Lindbergh

Always keep an ‘out’ in your hip pocket.

Bevo Howard

And let’s get one thing straight. There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight.

Elrey Borge Jeppesen

Mistakes are inevitable in aviation, especially when one is still learning new things. The trick is to not make the mistake that will kill you.

Stephen Coonts

Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below and smit thee.

William K. Kershner

Never fly anything that doesn’t have the paint worn off the rudder Pedals.

Bill Harry

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.

Chuck Yeager

The best you can hope for is a great collaborator.

Lauren Graham

If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.

Laurence J. Peter

Flying is done largely with the imagination.

Wolfgang Langewiesche

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

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.

Steve Prefontaine

The Constitution: it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law.

Michael Badnarik

The only time an aircraft has too much fuel on board is when it is on fire.

Charles Kingsford Smith

The most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of man since Icarus is today reality.

Louis Bleriot

The J3 Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.

C. Maxwell Stanley

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

James M. Barrie

Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven.

William T. Piper

Navigating by the compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but – you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Gravity. It’s not just a good idea; it’s the law!

Adam Savage

Leader, bandits at 2 o’clock! Roger; it’s only 1:30 now-what’ll I do ’til then?

Bill Watterson

Anyone can do the job when things are going right. In this business we play for keeps.

Ernest K. Gann

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying.

Louise Thaden

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.

Glenn Curtiss

This thing we call luck is merely professionalism and attention to detail, it’s your awareness of everything that is going on around you, it’s how well you know and understand your aircraft and your own limitations. Luck is the sum total of your of abilities as an aviator. If you think your luck is running low, you’d better get busy & make some more. Work harder, pay more attention. Do better preflights.

Stephen Coonts

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s no such thing as the Bristol sound.

Beth Gibbons

There are airmen and there are pilots: the first being part bird whose view from aloft is normal and comfortable, a creature whose brain and muscles frequently originate movements which suggest flight; and then there are pilots who regardless of their airborne time remain earth-loving bipeds forever. When these latter unfortunates, because of one urge or another, actually make an ascension, they neither anticipate nor relish the event and they drive their machines with the same graceless labor they inflict upon the family vehicle.

Ernest K. Gann

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.

Bob Hoover

Rule books are paper – they will not cushion a sudden meeting of stone and metal.

Ernest K. Gann

I think there is something exhilarating in flying amongst clouds, and always get a feeling of wanting to pit my aeroplane against them, charge at them, climb over them to show them you have them beat, circle round them, and generally play with them; but clouds can on occasion hold their own against the aviator, and many a pilot has found himself emerging from a cloud not on a level keel.

Charles Rumney Samson

Buttons … check. Dials … check. Switches … check. Little colored lights … check.

Bill Watterson

The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.

Len Morgan

It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.

Publilius Syrus

What is it in fact, this learning to fly? To be precise, it is ‘to learn NOT to fly wrong.’ To learn to become a pilot is to learn – not to let oneself fly too slowly. Not to let oneself turn without accelerating. Not to cross the controls. Not to do this, and not to do that. . . . To pilot is negation.

Henri Mignet

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. It’s not how close can you get to the ground, but how precise can you fly the airplane. If you feel so careless with you life that you want to be the world’s lowest flying aviator you might do it for a while. But there are a great many former friends of mine who are no longer with us simply because they cut their margins to close.

Bob Hoover

There’s a lot of Hollywood bullshit about flying. I mean, look at the movies about test pilots or fighter pilots who face imminent death. The controls are jammed or something really important has fallen off the plane, and these guys are talking like magpies; their lives are flashing past their eyes, and they’re flailing around in the cockpit. It just doesn’t happen. You don’t have time to talk. You’re too damn busy trying to get out of the problem you’re in to talk or ricochet around the cockpit. Or think about what happened the night after your senior prom.

Robin Olds

Airshow flying is tough, it’s even tougher if you do something stupid. Don’t do nuthin dumb!

Ralph Royce

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.

Ernest K. Gann

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.

Beryl Markham

The airman must possess absolutely untroubled nerves.

Francis Collins

Electronics were rascals, and they lay awake nights trying to find some way to screw you during the day. You could not reason with them. They had a brain and intestines, but no heart.

Ernest K. Gann

There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one.

Wendell Willkie

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.

Ernest K. Gann

If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can’t I?

Yip Harburg

The quality of the box matters little. Success depends upon the man who sits in it.

Manfred von Richthofen

The happily married man with a large family is the test pilot for me.

Nevil Shute 

Cloud-flying requires practice, even if you have every modern instrument, and unless you keep calm and collected you will get into trouble after you have been inside a really thick one for a few minutes. In the very early days of aviation, 1912 to be correct, I emerged from a cloud upside down, much to my discomfort, as I didn’t know how to get right way up again. I found out somehow, or I wouldn’t be writing this.

Charles Rumney Samson

A pilot must have a memory developed to absolute perfection. But there are two higher qualities which he also must have. He must have good and quick judgment and decision, and a cool, calm courage that no peril can shake.

Mark Twain

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.

Wolfgang Langewiesche

I’ve learned that it is what I do not know that I fear, and I strive, outwardly from pride, inwardly from the knowledge that the unknown is what will finally kill me, to know all there is to be known about my airplane. I will never die.

Richard Bach

Once you have learned to fly your plane, it is far less fatiguing to fly than it is to drive a car. You don’t have to watch every second for cats, dogs, children, lights, road signs, ladies with baby carriages and citizens who drive out in the middle of the block against the lights. . . . Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven.

William T. Piper

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 .

Charles Lindbergh

We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.

Richard Bach

The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.

Benny Hill

Flight is the only truly new sensation than men have achieved in modern history.

James Dickey

The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension. A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe. There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one.

Wendell Willkie

Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to live! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can learn to be free! we can learn to fly!

Richard Bach

Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers.

Plautus

The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul.

Walter Alexander Raleigh

Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

Igor Sikorsky

Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don’t do, you don’t believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.

Chuck Yeager 

The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine.

Plato

We who fly do so for the love of flying. We are alive in the air with this miracle that lies in our hands and beneath our feet.

Cecil Day-Lewis

Science, freedom, beauty, adventure: what more could you ask of life? Aviation combined all the elements I loved. There was science in each curve of an airfoil, in each angle between strut and wire, in the gap of a spark plug or the color of the exhaust flame. There was freedom in the unlimited horizon, on the open fields where one landed. A pilot was surrounded by beauty of earth and sky. He brushed treetops with the birds, leapt valleys and rivers, explored the cloud canyons he had gazed at as a child. Adventure lay in each puff of wind.

Charles Lindbergh

My senses of space, of distance, and of direction entirely vanished. When I looked for the ground I sometimes looked down, sometimes up, sometimes left, sometimes right. I thought I was very high up when I would suddenly be thown to earth in a near vertical spin. I thought I was very low to the ground and I was pulled up to 3,000 feet in two minutes by the 500-horsepower motor. It danced, it pushed, it tossed. . . . Ah! la la!

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Jonathan Livingston Seagull… was no ordinary bird. Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.

Richard Bach

Here you are truly separate from the earth, at least for a little while, removed from the cares and concerns that occupy you on the ground.

Stephen Coonts

Thousands of volumes have been written about aviation, but we do not automatically have thousands of true and special friends in their authors. That rare writer who comes alive on a page does it by giving of himself, by writing of meanings, and not just of fact or of things that have happened to him. The writers of flight who have done this are usually found together in a special section on private bookshelves.

Richard Bach

I sometimes still go out hunting for bad weather, flying low in simple airplanes to explore the inner reaches of the clouds. Less experienced pilots occasionally join me, not to learn formal lessons about weather flying, but with a more advanced purpose in mind – to accompany me in the slow accumulation of experience through circumstances that never repeat in a place that defies mastery.

William Langewiesche

We want the air to unite the peoples, and not to divide them.

Philip Cunliffe-Lister, 1st Earl of Swinton

To put your life in danger from time to time… breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities.

Nevil Shute

Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the “ocean of air” laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world.

L. Welch Pogue

Nobody who gets too damned relaxed builds up much flying time.

Ernest K. Gann

And he supposed it might not be the best of days. But then, he was flying the mails and was not expected to squat on the ground like a frightened canary every time there was a cloud in the sky. If a pilot showed an obvious preference for flying only in the best conditions he soon found himself looking for work. This was the way of his life and he had always ascended when others had found excuse to keep their feet on the ground.

Ernest K. Gann

My airplane is quiet, and for a moment still an alien, still a stranger to the ground, I am home.

Richard Bach

In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.

Neil Armstrong

The lure of flying is the lure of beauty.

Amelia Earhart

I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty. That the reasons flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the aesthetic appeal of flying.

Amelia Earhart

The scream of jet engines rises to a crescendo on the runways of the world. Every second, somewhere or other, a plane touches down, with a puff of smoke from scorched tire rubber, or rises in the air, leaving a smear of black fumes dissolving in its wake. From space, the earth might look to a fanciful eye like a huge carousel, with planes instead of horses spinning round its circumference, up and down, up and down.

David Lodge

Flying. Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able to do also, though he may go a different way about it.

Samuel Butler