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Even More Funny and Inspirational Flying Quotes

Our main objective for The BAC Bulletin & DA News is to keep our readers aware of industry news, as well as safety and technical information — but we also like to have some fun, so back by popular demand is our annual list of funny and inspirational flying quotes, courtesy of

“Lady, you want me to answer you if this old airplane is safe to fly? Just how in the world do you think it got to be this old?”

— Anonymous

"I hate sailing."

— Troy Bradley’s first words upon landing in the sea just off Mexico after crossing the Pacific from Japan in a balloon, smashing the all-time balloon distance and endurance records. Reported by The Guardian newspaper, January 31, 2015

"Or like a poet woo the Moon,
Riding an armchair for my steed,
And with a flashing pen harpoon
Terrific metaphors of speed."

— Roy Campbell, The Festivals of Flight

“Flying a plane is no different from riding a bicycle. It’s just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.”

— Captain Rex Kramer, in the movie Airplane

“We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?”

— Cockpit crew in the movie, Airplane

"Flying is a great equalizer. The plane doesn’t know or care about your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support. You just have to perform. That’s all anyone cares about when you’re up there — that you can do your job, and that you do it exceptionally well."

— Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, on being the first female to fly the F-35. Story on, May 6, 2015

“The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking.’

— Jonathon Swift

“In the Alaska bush I’d rather have a two hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.”

— Kurt Wien

"Clearly this was an out of the ordinary landing, but I was just doing my job and any one of our pilots would have taken the same actions."

— Captain David Williams regarding Virgin Atlantic flight 43. He safely landed his B747 at London Gatwick with 447 people on board with no starboard outer main landing gear. Reported by BBC News, December 31, 2014

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

— interview with pilot and aviation author, Mark Vanhoenacker, British Airways B747. Story in Financial Times newspaper, April 17, 2015

“We might picture what we learned once in school but now may only rarely consider: the earth floating in the light of the sun. Using an apple and a flashlight can help remind us that at every moment the back of the planet is dark and the front is light.”

— Mark Vanhoenacker, Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

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

— Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks

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