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01-08-2004, 03:14

Keep the aeroplane in such an attitude that the air pressure is directly
in the pilot's face. - Horatio C. Barber, 1916

When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was
forgotten. -Robert Livingston, 'Flying The Aeronca'

The only time an aircraft has too much fuel on board is when it is on
fire. - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, sometime before his death in the

Just remember, if you crash because of weather your funeral will be held
on a sunny day. - Layton A. Bennett

I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of single-motored
airplanes at night. - Charles A. Lindbergh, to Wiley Post, 1931

Never fly the 'A' model of anything. - Ed Thompson

Never fly anything that doesn't have the paint worn off the Rudder
Pedals. - Harry Bill

Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below and smite thee. -
William Kershner

Instrument flying is when your mind gets a grip on the fact that there is
vision beyond sight. - U.S. Navy 'Approach' magazine circa W.W.II.

The Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.
Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot

If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash
as possible. - Bob Hoover

It occurred to me that if I did not handle the crash correctly, there
would be no survivors. Richard Leakey, after engine failure in a single engine
aircraft. Nairobi, Africa, 1993.

If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on it. Ride the bastard
down. - Ernest K. Gann,

Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death I Shall Fear No Evil For I am at
80,000 feet and Climbing. Sign over the entrance to SR-71 operations,
Kadena AB Okinawa

You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3. - Paul F.

The emergencies you train for almost never happen. It's the one you can't
train for that kills you. - Ernest K. Gann, advice from the 'old pelican'

Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you. - Richard
Herman Jr., 'Firebreak'

There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. - Sign over
squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1972.

An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good
one - Len Morgan

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

The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and a
good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life to experience all three at the same time.

A DC-9 captain trainee attempting to check out on the 'glass cockpit' of
an A-320. "Now I know what a dog feels like watching TV."

It only takes two things to fly -- airspeed and money.

What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a
pilot screws up, the pilot dies. If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

It's better to break ground and head into the wind than to break wind and
head into the ground.

The difference between flight attendants and jet engines is that the
engine usually quits whining when it gets to the gate.

A copilot is a knot-head until he spots opposite direction traffic at 12
o'clock, after which he's a goof-off for not seeing it sooner.

Without ammunition the USAF would be just another expensive flying club.

If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.

I give that landing a 9 . . . on the Richter scale.

Unknown landing signal officer to carrier pilot after his 6th unsuccessful
landing attempt: "You've got to land here son, this is where the food is."