Truth

1. When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten. – Robert Livingston, “Flying The Aeronca”

2. Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day. – Layton A. Bennett

3. Never fly the ‘A’ model of anything. – Ed Thompson

4. When a prang seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible. – Advice given to RAF pilots during W.W.II.

5. The Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. – Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot

6. A pilot who doesn’t have any fear probably isn’t flying his plane to its maximum. – Jon McBride, astronaut

7. If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. – Bob Hoover

8. If an airplane is still in one piece, don’t cheat on it; Ride the bastard down. – Ernest K. Gann, advice from the ‘old pelican’

9. Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death I Shall Fear No Evil For I Am 80,000 Feet and Climbing. – Sign over the entrance to the SR-71 operating location on Kadena

10. You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3. – Paul F. Crickmore

11. Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you. – Richard Herman, Jr., ‘Firebreak’

12. There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. – Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970. (It was still there in 1972.)

13.The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life to experience all three at the same time. – Author Unknown

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