Aviation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old aviation quotes, aviation sayings, and aviation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Jerry Crawford

The highest art form of all is a human being in control of himself and his airplane in flight, urging the spirit of a machine to match his own.     

Richard Bach

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

Alexander Chase

Aviation has struck a delicately balanced world, a world where stability was already giving way to the pressure of new dynamic forces, a world dominated by a mechanical, materialist, Western European civilization.     

Charles Lindbergh

Fly and you will catch the swallow.     

James Howell

Mistakes are inevitable in aviation, especially when one is still learning new things. The trick is to not make the mistake that will kill you.     

Stephen Coonts

Aviation is a dynamic profession. The rate of obsolescence of equipment is high and new aircraft have to be placed in inventory periodically in order to stay abreast of the requirements of modern war.     

Keith B. McCutcheon

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

Neil Armstrong

Never quit. Never give up. Fly it to the end.     

Chuck Aaron

Aviation records don't fall until someone is willing to mortgage the present for the future.     

Amelia Earhart

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

Charles A. Lindbergh

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.     

Wilbur Wrigh

Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.     

Barry Goldwater

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

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes.     

Freeman Dyson

In combat flying, fancy precision aerobatic work is really not of much use. Instead, it is the rough maneuver which succeeds.     

Erich Hartmann

Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.     

Adolf Galland

Aviation constituted a new and possibly decisive element in preventing or fighting a war, and I was in a unique position to observe European aviation especially in its military aspects.     

Charles Lindbergh

Flying prevails whenever a man and his airplane are put to a test of maximum performance.     

Richard Bach

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

Eddie Rickenbacker

n aviation they have auto pilot and color radar and a lot of other instrumentation that is a backup for pilots. It's really brought the incidents of plane crashes way down. Same thing ought to happen in the medical industry, I think.     

Dennis Quaid

Aviation is going to control the world economically and militarily whether we like it or not. Airpower is not merely military aviation, it is also civilian aviation and airpower is peace power.     

Roscoe Turne

Aviation is fine as a sport. But as an instrument of war, it is worthless.     

Ferdinand Foch

Aviation will give new nourishment to the religious sprit of mankind. It will add airspace to those other great heighteners of the cosmic mood: the wood, the sea, the desert.     

Christian Morgenstern

Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.     

Igor Sikorsky

The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.     

Orville Wright

The only characteristic all airliners share is that upon proper urging they are normally capable of leaving the earth's surface.     

Ernest K. Gann

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

James Dickey

Flying is a lot like playing a musical instrument; you’re doing so many things and thinking of so many other things, all at the same time. It becomes a spiritual experience.     

Dusty Mctavish

The fundamental magic of flying, a miracle that has nothing to do with any of its practical purposes purposes of speed, accessibility, and convenience and will not change as they change.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh