Old Pilot Flying Quotations

God does not subtract from man’s allotted time the hours spent while flying, but He exacts harsh penalties for those who do not learn to land properly.
The difference between fear and terror: fear is when your calculations show you may not have enough fuel to make it to your destination. Terror is when you realize you were right.
Mommy, I want to grow up and be a pilot. Honey, you can’t do both.
When you see a tree in the clouds, it’s not good news.
Heaven is crowded with civilian pilots who did not get their Instrument Rating and/or understand air density. Aviation’s greatest invention was the relief tube.
My junior high school teacher told me no one would pay me to look out the window. Now I’m an airline captain.
The older I get, the better I used to fly.
Takeoffs are optional, landings are mandatory.
Never fly the “A” model of anything
Because I’m the Captain, that’s why!
Pilots – looking down on people since 1903.
There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately, no pilot knows exactly what they are.
When everything else is going against you, remember an aircraft still takes off into the wind.
An idiot can get an airplane off the ground, It takes a pilot to get it back in one piece.
Pilot dictum: remember, in the end, gravity always wins.
You can only tie the record for flying low.
Black boxes may be replacing pilots, but pilots can be maintained easily and produced by unskilled labor.
Many young, inexperienced pilots have delusions of adequacy.
Flying is the art of learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Richard Reid forced us to remove our shoes in the TSA line. Thank goodness he wasn’t the “underwear bomber.
“Elderly lady to airline captain, “Are you sure you are safe to fly?” Answer, “Lady, how do you think I got this old?”
Optimists invented the airplane. Pessimists invented the parachute.
Scientific fact: the rings of Saturn are composed of lost airline luggage.
Newton”s Law: What goes up must come down. Squadron Commander’s Law: What comes down better be able to go up again!
I was 14 when I wanted to be a pilot. I’m now 80 and still want to be a pilot, but I’d rather be 14 again.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Captain speaking. This was the First Officer’s leg and he made that landing you just experienced. I have asked him to stand at the door and receive your comments.
Icarus could have flown if he’d picked a cloudy day.
As George Carlin said, “If black boxes survive crashes, why don’t they make the whole airplane out of that stuff? Soldier to a pilot: “Why didn’t you join the Army? “Pilot’s answer, “I found out that good food and clean sheets were readily available on nearby Air Force bases.”
“Roger”� – a term used by pilots when they can’t figure out what else to say.
“Cone of Confusion” – all radio terminology on JFK ground control.
“Balls-to-the-wall”� – FULL THROTTLE, or an EXTREMELY bad landing.
Kennedy Ground Control to female pilot. “I told you to turn on Alpha!”� Female pilot, “Don’t be angry, I didn’t understand you!”� Controller, “Are you my ex-wife?”
Beer was invented to make pilot stories more interesting.
You have never lived until you have almost died. Life has a special flavor the protected will never know.
Helicopter pilots are different from airplane pilots. Airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts. Helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened, it is about to.
Death is God’s way of telling pilots to watch their airspeed on final.
You can’t fly unless you can land, but you can”t land unless you can fly. So, which is it?
What is the worst thing that can happen when you are flying? – running out of airspeed, altitude and ideas all at the same time.
All engine noises are magnified over the ocean.
What do you do when you are in trouble flying? Call for help. What if no help is available? Then no sense calling.
We are reaching the age where “life sentence”� is less of a threat.


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