Great Aviation Quotes: Quotable Flyer: Pilot and Flying Quotations
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and welcome to my collection of man's great thoughts on flying, airplanes, and being a pilot. The quotations are loosely arranged into broad topics for browsing, there's a search function for querying the entire aviation quote database, plus there's a facebook page and a twitter feed for updates and conversation.

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‎‎‎‎"@AmericanAir hello my names's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye"

— stupid tweet from Sarah (@QueenDemetrian_) to American Airlines. They replied "we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI." Sarah later tweeted "I was kidding" "I'm so sorry" but also "I feel famous" and more.

"Goodnight Malaysian 370."

— last known transmission, Malaysia Airlines flight 370, to Malaysian ATC. 8 March 2014.

"I believe they're all fucking Toyota Corollas."

— Michael O’Leary, Ryanair CEO, regards the technical differences between Airbus, Boeing & Comac airliners. Fortune magazine article, 18 November 2013.

"The last thing you want to do is panic, then all sorts of things can happen."

— Roy Murray, flight instructor, who successfully talked a passenger with no flying experience through a landing over the radio after the pilot collapsed. Humberside, UK. 8 October 2013.

 

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"Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven :— That is by letters written with their quills."

— Leonardo da Vinci, English translation by Edward McCurdy, Leonardo Da Vunci's Note-books.

"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, 'The Pleasure of Their Company,' in Flying magazine, April 1968.

"Or like a poet woo the Moon,
Riding an armchair for my steed,
And with a flashing pen harpoon
Terrific metaphors of speed."

— Roy Campbell, The Festivals of Flight, 1930.

"It isn't often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it."

— Samuel Hynes, 'A Teller of Tales Tells His Own,' in the New York Times, 7 September 1997.



The object here is to capture man's first-hand experiences with flight in all its forms, to collect flying quotes, aviation and space quotations and sayings. It is the ultimate online quotable flyer. It is not 'under construction,' but it very much is a 'work in progress.' If you can supply dates or sources for existing quotes, or correct typos, or suggest further sources of information, or of course if you know of some aerospace, airline, or pilot quotes, please please send them in to me. I'm always happy to add new sections, and to correct mistakes. This collection is growing into something no one person could have created, a real product of the worldwide Internet community. You can contact me directly.

Now hear this: opinions expressed are considered to be those of the speaker. Flying quotes are as accurate as possible, but not more so. Corrections and additions are all welcome, but editorial rights reserved. Compiled by Dave English © All quote pages are Copyright 1996-2014 Dave English and covered under a legal agreement with McGraw-Hill. All rights reserved. See my small print page for many more boring details.



"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."

— This must be the most famous aviation quote that is not a verifiable quote. It is attributed everywhere (including some Smithsonian publications and the Washington Post newspaper) to Leonardo da Vinci, but I've never found definitive source information. Neither did some nice folks I talked with at National Geographic Magazine, who contacted one of the world's leading Leonardo authorities in Italy as part of a long research process and were told that Leonardo da Vinci did not write it. If you have uncovered any source information, please email me or post on the Facebook page.

Dave

 

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