Tag Archives: Great Aviation Quotes

“The cockpit was my office. It was a place where I experienced many emotions and learned many lessons. It was a place of work, but also a keeper of dreams. It was a place of deadly serious encounters, yet there I discovered much about life. I learned about joy and sorrow, pride and humility, fear and overcoming fear. I saw much from that office that most people would never see. At times it terrified me, yet I could always feel at home there. It was my place, at that time in space, and the jet was mine for those moments. Though it was a place where I could quickly die, the cockpit was a place where I truly lived.”

— Brian Shul, Sled Driver; Flying The World’s Fastest Jet,1992

“We’re going to make the best impression on the traveling public, and we’re going to make a pile of extra dough just from being first.”

— C. R. Smith, American Airlines, on the introduction of the Boeing 707, Forbes magazine, 1956

“If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial.”

— Wilbur Wright, from an address to the Western Society of Engineers in Chicago, 18 September 1901