High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung

Hung in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespsassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Quotable Quotes

To most people, the sky's the limit. To a pilot, the sky is home.

Don't let your airplane take you anywhere your brain didn't get to five minutes ago.

Naw, no emergency here. Yeah, yeah, sure, we're on fire, but it's OK -- we just ran out of gas.

You can always tell when a man has lost his soul to flying. The poor bastard 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.

Though it was a place where I could quickly die, the cockpit was a place where I truly lived.

Never drop the airplane to fly the microphone.

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

A superior pilot is one who uses his superior judgement to avoid having to use his superior skill.

Time to spare? Go by air!

A good landing is one you can walk away from. It's a great landing if you can use the airplane again.

How to know when you've landed gear-up: It takes full throttle to taxi.

To go up, pull the stick back. To go down, pull the stick waaaaaaay back....

The only true "air pocket" up there is the air in your pockets when you're done flying.

The difference between God and pilots? God doesn't think he's a pilot.

Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is.

That second engine? It doubles your chances of engine failure, and even then, it's only good for getting you to the scene of the crash faster.

The piston engine: Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow.

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

Flying isn't so much a hobby as it is a disease.

Aerobatics is like having sex during a car wreck.

I want to die like my grandfather did,
peacefully, in my sleep. Not screaming in terror like his passengers.

The record for low flying can only be tied, not broken.

The only thing worse than a captain who was never a copilot is a copilot who was once a captain.

Let's do a 360 and get out of here!

You're always a student in an airplane.

You've never been lost 'til you've been lost at Mach 3.

Fuel is limited. Gravity is forever.

Mix ignorance with arrogance at low altitude and the results are almost guaranteed to be spectacular.

Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.

Your wife's legs have more time in the air than you do.

Planes fly in much the same way that bricks don't.

If helicopters are so safe, why aren't there any vintage helicopter fly-ins?

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

Flying is 99% discipline and 1% creativity. Talking about flying is the other way around.

The Cub is the safest airplane in the world. It can just barely kill you.

That pregnant flight attendant over there? Pilot error.

Do you have a quotable aviation quote? Just it to me, and I'll include it if I like it!

Since none of this is original, I won't put my copyright notice on this page. Just a formality!