Words to Fly By...
Stuff old aviators well remember and young aviators should memorize and live by.
"It is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the sky than to be in the sky
wishing you were on the ground."
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 1920's
Flexible is much too rigid, in aviation you have to be fluid.
- Verne Jobst
If you can't afford to do something right, then be darn sure you can afford to do it wrong.
- Charlie Nelson
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
When a prang seems inevitable, endeavor to strike
the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible.
- Advice given to RAF pilots during W.W. II
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
Always keep an 'out' in your hip pocket.
- Bevo Howard
The Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.
- Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot
A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum.
- Jon McBride, astronaut
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, Advice from the 'Old Pelican'
Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil For I am 80,000 feet and Climbing.
- Sign over the entrance to the SR-71 operating location on Kadena AB Okinawa
You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.
- Paul F Crickmore
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'
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
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, 1970.
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.
Life is simple. Eat, sleep, fly.
The three best things in life are a good landing, a
good orgasm, and 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.
A copilot is a knothead 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.
Basic Flying Rules:
1. Try to stay in the middle of the air.
2. Do not go near the edges of it.
3. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar
space. It is much more difficult to fly there.
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."
New FAA motto: We're not happy until you're not happy.
There are old pilots, and bold pilots;
but there are no old bold pilots.
The first rule in any situation is, "fly the plane".
From Flight School