Stolen from another site, I thought some might enjoy.
He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot;he who demands one iota more is a fool.
The flight ain't over till you shut the engines down and walk away.
Then you look back, and if she ain’t bent and she ain’t burnin’, your flight is over.
~ A very old and experienced pilot
Flying is a hard way to earn an easy living.
~An Old Pilot's Reflection
An old pilot is one who can remember when flying was dangerous and sex was safe.
~Attributed to a former Lima Lima flight leader.
Never quit. Never give up. Fly it to the end.
~Chuck Aaron, Aerobatic Helicopter pilot
Were' not happy till you're not happy.
~Perceived motto of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
It's not you're mistake that matters but it's how you recover that counts.
~ Bill Cherwin Retired flight lead of the Lima Lima Flight Team
Flying is like sex - I've never had all I wanted but occasionally I've had all I could stand.
~Stephen Coonts, "The Cannibal Queen"
1988 One day, long, long ago, there was this pilot who, surprisingly, was not full of ****,
But it was a long time ago............. And just for one day.
The brave may not live forever - but the cautious do not live at all!
~ Sir Richard Branson
There only two types of aircraft….fighters and targets.
~Doyle “Wahoo” Nicholson, USMC
Pilots: They are cold, steely-eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people and break things.
However, they can also be very charming and personable.
The average pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring.
These feelings generally just don't involve anyone else.
A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid situations which require the use of his superior skills.
~ Frank Bormann Apollo 8
You can always tell when a man has lost his soul to flying.
The poor ******* is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every aircraft within view take off and land.
~Ernest K. Gann, 'Fate is the Hunter'
Nobody who gets too ****ed relaxed builds up much flying time.
~Ernest K. Gann, advice from the "old pelican."
There's a lot of Hollywood ******** 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 the cockpit. It just doesn't happen. You don't have time to talk.
You're too **** 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
of your senior prom.
~Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF
An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
~Leonardo da Vinci
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
~DouglasAdams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy