Aviation Quotes

Best 100 Aviation Quotes and Sayings of All Time

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Aviation Quotes

The sky is the limit when it comes to what we can achieve when we put our minds to it. And aviation is proof of that, with people all around the world using it to travel to new and exciting places. 

So, in celebration of aviation’s incredible ability to unite people and open up new worlds, we’re presenting you with 100 inspiring aviation quotes. These amazing aviation quotes include Motivational pilot quotes, Aviation sayings, airplane quotes, flying quotes, pilots quotes, and so on!

We hope that these Aviation Quotes will touch your heart, remind you why aviation is such a special experience and help you to feel more positive about aviation!

Best Aviation Quotes

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.

Gil Stern
Aviation Quote
Aviation Quote

Fighter pilots have ice in their veins. They don’t have emotions. They think, anticipate. They know that fear and other concerns cloud your mind from what’s going on and what you should be involved in.

Buzz Aldri

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

If black boxes survive air crashes, why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff

George Carlin

Learning to fly an airplane taught me a way of thinking, an approach to problem-solving that was applicable and effective. Pilots are very methodical and meticulous, and artists tend not to be.

Chris Carter

Let’s get one thing straight. There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight.

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.

Socrates

Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite.

Jose Maria Velasco

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

Leonardo DaVinci

You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

Takeoff Quote
Takeoff Quote

A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.

Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.

Remember, you fly an airplane with you head, not your hands and feet.

The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. However, there are no old, bold pilots.

Sometimes, flying feels too God-like to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.

A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying.

Louise Thaden
Pilot Quote
Pilot Quote

You wanna fly, you got to give up the…[stuff] that weighs you down.

Toni Morrison

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be – it is the same the angels breathe.

Mark Twain. ‘Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886.’

Whenever I dream about flying, it’s the best feeling in the world.

Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

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.

Socrates

Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.

Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport, although that end is what we have all ostensibly been striving to attain.

Amy Johnson

My soul is in the sky.

Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.

Amelia Earhart

I feel sad for those who’re afraid of flying. They’re missing out!

Flying Inspirational Quote
Flying Inspirational Quote

A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I’m afraid, lying.

Louise Thaden

If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you can use the aircraft the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.

Chuck Yeager

The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.

Len Morgan

Flying is hypnotic and all pilots are willing victims to the spell.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Same with anyone who’s been flying for years and loves it still…we’re part of a world we deeply love.

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

Leonardo Da Vinci

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.

You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.

Amelia Earhart
Aviation Inspiring Quote
Aviation Inspiring Quote

Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are.

The good thing about flying solo is it’s never boring.

If an airplane is still in one piece, don’t cheat on it; ride the bastard down- Ernest K. Gann, author & aviator

In flying, you need at least two of these three to stay alive altitude, speed or brains.

There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

If you’re ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don’t like what you see, turn’ em back off.

The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.

Flying feels like freedom.

Aviation is proof that given the will, we have capacity to achieve the impossible.

Don’t be a show-off. Never be too proud to turn back. There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots.

Pilots Quote
Pilots Quote

When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes-off against the wind, not with it.

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.

Welch Pogue

It is only when you are flying above it that you realize how incredible the earth really is.

Philippe Perrin

There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Douglas Adams, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.’

How strange is this combination of proximity and separation. That ground – seconds away – thousands of miles away.

Charles A. Lindbergh

I put my phone in airplane mode, but it’s not flying!

You know the oxygen masks on airplanes I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams.

Rita Rudner

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

If I could be a bird, I’d be a Flying Purple People Eater because then people would sing about me and I could fly down and eat them because I hate that song.

Flight is the only truly new sensation that men have achieved in modern history.

James Dickey
Flight Quote
Flight Quote

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be -it is the same the angels breathe.

Mark Twain

An airplane stands for freedom, for joy, for the power to understand, and to demonstrate that understanding.

Richard Bach

One of the beautiful things about a single-piloted aircraft is the quality of the social experience.

Richard Drury

Do the impossible because almost everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasies.

Howard Hughes

I hate to wake up and find my co-pilot asleep.

Michael Treacy

Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.

Neil Armstrong

Fly and you will catch the swallow.

More than anything else, the sensation of flying is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost. If you can conceive of such a combination.

To most people, the sky’s the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home

My airplane is quiet, and for a moment still an alien, still a stranger to the ground, I am home.

Richard Bach
Airplane Quote
Airplane Quote

Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.

Remember, you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands and feet.

Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding it.

No bird can soar in a calm manner

I don’t have time for both a wife and an airplane.

Wilbur Wright

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who…looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space…on the infinite highway of the air.

If you have flown, perhaps you can understand the love a pilot develops for flight. It is much the same emotion a man feels for a woman, or a wife for her husband.

And if flying, like a glass-bottomed bucket, can give you that vision, that seeing eye, which peers down on the still world below the choppy waves – it will always remain magic.

Flying was a very tangible freedom. In those days, it was beauty, adventure, discovery – the epitome of breaking into new worlds.

Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.

Charles Lindbergh
Aviation Inspirational Quote
Aviation Inspirational Quote

No one can realize how substantial the air is, until he feels its supporting power beneath him. It inspires confidence at once.

Otto Lilienthal

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words I think not.

It is not enough to just ride this earth. You have to aim higher, try to take off, even fly. It is our duty.- Jose Yacopi

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.

It isn’t often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it.

Samuel Hynes

Never fly the A model of anything.

Edward Thompson, World War II Pilot

Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven That is by letters written with their quills.

Hangover cure Rigorous sex, hydration, hot bath, then “go up for half an hour in an open aeroplane.

Kingsley Amis

I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty.

Amelia Earhart
Flying Quote
Flying Quote

I have seen the curvature of the earth. I have seen sights most people will never see. Flying at more than 70,000 feet is really beautiful and peaceful. I enjoy the quiet, hearing myself breathing.

Nobody ever thought about having to protect the passengers from the pilots

David Neeleman

There are only two emotions in a plane boredom and terror.

It’s congenital really. We’re an aspiring species that doesn’t have wings. What else would we dream of

Mark Vanhoenacker

There is an art to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Aren’t we all dreamers It’s only because man dreamt of flying that we are travelling in planes. Behind all inventions, we see the dreams of people.

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.

Wilbur Wright

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

Henry David Thoreau

I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.

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