Top Aviation Quotes

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1. "Had I not become a professional golfer, I think I would have pursued some type of career in aviation."
Author: Arnold Palmer
2. "As to rocket ships flying between America and Europe, I believe it is worth seriously trying for. Thirty years ago persons who were developing flying were laughed at as mad, and that scorn hindered aviation. Now we heap similar ridicule upon stratoplane or rocket ships for trans-Atlantic flights. (1933)[Predicting high-altitude jet aircraft for routine long-distance travel.]"
Author: Auguste Piccard
3. "What the history of aviation has brought in the 20th century should inspire us to be inventors and explorers ourselves in the new century."
Author: Bertrand Piccard
4. "Dad worked his entire career as an aviation technician. Mom was a legal secretary who became a teacher. We lived a simple American life."
Author: Brian Sandoval
5. "The joke in aviation is, 'If you want to make a million, you'd better start with £10m.'"
Author: Bruce Dickinson
6. "In the coming era of manned space exploration by the private sector, market forces will spur development and yield new, low-cost space technologies. If the history of private aviation is any guide, private development efforts will be safer, too."
Author: Burt Rutan
7. "Aviation in air, in water and in spirit. Its laws are different in all three cases. The spirit soars the more it weighs and sinks into itself. The heavier the spirit, the higher and farther it flies."
Author: César Vallejo
8. "My message going forward is that I want to remind everyone in the aviation industry - especially those who manage aviation companies and those who regulate aviation - that we owe it to our passengers to keep learning how to do it better."
Author: Chesley Sullenberger
9. "There's simply no substitute for experience in terms of aviation safety."
Author: Chesley Sullenberger
10. "We continue to subsidize highways and aviation, but when it comes to our passenger rail system, we refuse to provide the money Amtrak needs to survive."
Author: Corrine Brown
11. "At the end of October 4 in 1957, when I was coming back from sea duty in the South Pacific, Sputnik went up. I realized that humans would be right behind robot aircraft or spacecraft even though I really had no plans of being in aviation or a professional aviator and certainly not in the military."
Author: Edgar Mitchell
12. "I realized how important it was to know something about aviation, and it was something I was interested in, so I followed my brother's footsteps and obtained my pilot's license."
Author: Ellen Ochoa
13. "Aviation - and space travel, in particular - have always been especially captivating."
Author: Felix Baumgartner
14. "Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes."
Author: Freeman Dyson
15. "President Obama dropped the term 'war on terror', and rightly so. Terrorism is not an enemy but a type of warfare that may or may not be adopted by an enemy. Imagine if, after Pearl Harbor, an attack that relied on aircraft carriers, President Roosevelt had declared a global war on naval aviation. By focusing on terrorism instead of al Qaeda or radical Islam, Bush elevated a specific kind of assault to a position that shaped American global strategy, which left the United States strategically off-balance.Obama may have clarified the nomenclature, but he left in place a significant portion of the imbalance, which is an obsession with the threat of terrorist attacks. As we consider presidential options in the coming decade, it appears imperative that we clear up just how much of a threat terrorism actually presents and what that threat means for U.S. policy."
Author: George Friedman
16. "If you go back to the early days of aviation, the guys designing it built it, and then they got in it and flew it. I mean, who does that anymore?"
Author: Graham Hawkes
17. "A sea-green sky: lamps blossoming white. This is marginal land: fields of strung wire, of treadless tyres in ditches, fridges dead on their backs, and starving ponies cropping the mud. It is a landscape running with outcasts and escapees, with Afghans, Turks and Kurds: with scapegoats, scarred with bottle and burn marks, limping from the cities with broken ribs. The life forms here are rejects, or anomalies: the cats tipped from speeding cars, and the Heathrow sheep, their fleece clotted with the stench of aviation fuel."
Author: Hilary Mantel
18. "Each and every one of the security measures we implement serves an important goal: providing safe and efficient air travel for the millions of people who rely on our aviation system every day."
Author: Janet Napolitano
19. "I used my aviation contacts to open a travel agency. I used to book Caribbean flights."
Author: Joseph Force Crater
20. "I always felt Jimmy was trapped in Hollywood. He felt it himself. He loved aviation so much and he wanted to be able to do more of that. He somehow just got stuck here."
Author: Kim Novak
21. "[Greenberg] knew that cultural legacies matter--that they are powerful and pervasive and that they persist, long after their original usefulness has passed. But he didn't assume that legacies are an indelible part of who we are. He believed that if the Koreans were honest about where they came from and were willing to confront those aspects of their heritage that did not suit the aviation world, they could change."
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
22. "In the early 1930s, flying from England to Australia was the longest flight in the world. It was considered extremely dangerous and hazardous, pushing pilots to the limits of mechanical skills and human endurance. Aviation was young."
Author: Mary Garden
23. "And this was the greatest gift that aviation could ever give me; not the sense of freedom but the sense of permanence, coupling, of being absolutely worthy, absolutely necessary to the one person in the world who hadn't needed anyone. Before."
Author: Melanie Benjamin
24. "I went to the University of Washington as a physics and astronomy major. My other interest, of course, was aviation. I always wanted to be a pilot. And if you're going to fly airplanes, the best place to be is the Air Force."
Author: Michael P. Anderson
25. "More than 60,000 jobs have been lost in the commercial aviation industry in the United States since 1999."
Author: Norm Dicks
26. "At least when I get on the Boston train I have a good chance of landing in the South StationAnd not in that part of the daily press which is reserved for victims of aviation."
Author: Ogden Nash
27. "Most helmsmen would've been satisfied with a pilot's wheel or a tiller. Leo had also installed a keyboard, monitor, aviation controls from a Learjet, a dubstep soundboard, and motion-control sensors from a Nintendo Wii. He could turn the ship by pulling on the throttle, fire weapons by sampling an album, or raise sails by shaking his Wii controllers really fast. Even by demigod standards, Leo was seriously ADHD."
Author: Rick Riordan
28. "This is a Solo Flight, but I want aviation enthusiasts and adventurers everywhere to join me in the endeavour."
Author: Steve Fossett
29. "4. Radicalism of forms. If a new model once created meets with much success on account of its greater efficiency than its predecessor, it lends certain neighbouring forms a formal radicalism, which attempts to borrow from the appearance of the new form: for example, bronze tools that had reached the furthest development of their utility had a disastrous influence on stone tools, warping them toward an elegance that could only be attained in bronze. Today aviation has imposed its aerodynamic forms even on baby strollers and irons. This radicalism of forms is a result of the fact that people become bored when they do not find some unexpected element in the familiar. This radicalism might seem illogical, as the advocates of standardization believe, but we must not forget that discovery is only made possible by this need of humanity."
Author: Tom McDonough
30. "I mean, if Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at twenty-two, the history of music would have been very different. As would the history of aviation, of course."
Author: Tom Stoppard
31. "If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation."
Author: Tom Stoppard
32. "The mastery of the turn is the story of how aviation became practical as a means of transportation. It is the story of how the world became small."
Author: William Langewiesche

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