Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.
Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
To put your life in danger from time to time... breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities.
There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one.
The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension. A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe. There are no distant places any longer: the world is small and the world is one.
We want the air to unite the peoples, and not to divide them.
Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the "ocean of air" laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world.
Flying. Whatever any other organism has been able to do man should surely be able to do also, though he may go a different way about it.
Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands.
The airplane is just a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth, a tool for learning about the sky and about what kind of person I am, when I fly. An airplane stands for freedom, for joy, for the power to understand, and to demonstrate that understanding. Those things aren't destructable.
There is no excuse for an airplane unless it will fly fast!
The most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of man since Icarus is today reality.
It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.
I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.
What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than to suppose a man racking his brains, and studying night and day how to fly?
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.
The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.
I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.
Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.
The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
The airplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.
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