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Nov 26, 2001
Keep the aeroplane in such an attitude that the air pressure is
directly in the pilot's face.
- Horatio C. Barber, 1916

When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.
- Robert Livingston, 'Flying The Aeronca

The only time an aircraft has too much fuel on board is when it is on fire.
- Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, sometime before his death in the

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

I hope you either take up parachute jumping or stay out of
single-motored airplanes at night.
- Charles A. Lindbergh, to Wiley Post, 1931

Never fly the 'A' model of anything.
- Ed Thompson

Never fly anything that doesn't have the paint worn off the Rudder Pedals.
- Harry Bill

Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below and smite thee.
- William Kershner

Instrument flying is when your mind gets a grip on the fact that there is vision beyond sight.
- U.S. Navy 'Approach' magazine circa W.W.II.

The Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill
- attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot

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

It occurred to me that if I did not handle the crash correctly, there
would be no survivors.
- Richard Leakey, after engine failure in single engine aircraft.
Nairobi, Africa, 1993.

If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on it. Ride the
ba$tard down.
- Ernest K. Gann,

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 AB, Okinawa

You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.
- Paul F Crickmore,

The emergencies you train for almost never happen. It's the one you can't train for that kills you.
- Ernest K. Gann, advice from the 'old pelican'

Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.
- Richard Herman Jr., 'Firebreak'

There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.
- Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1972.

An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one
- Len Morgan

The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orga$m, and good bowel movement --- The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life to experience all three at the same time.

Now I know what a dog feels like watching TV.
- A former DC-9 captain attempting to check out in a 'glass cockpit' A-320

It only takes two things to fly:--- airspeed and money.

What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies. If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

It's better to break ground and head into the wind than to break wind and head into the ground.

The difference between flight attendants and jet engines is that the engine usually quits whining when it gets to the gate.

A copilot is a knothead until he spots opposite direction traffic at 12 o'clock, after which he's a goof-off for not seeing it sooner.

Without ammunition the USAF would be just another expensive flying club with non-scheduled airline service.

If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.

I give that landing a 9 . . . on the Richter scale.

Unknown landing signal officer to carrier pilot after his 6th
unsuccessful landing attempt: "You've got to land here son, this is where the food is."

New FAA motto: "We're not happy, till you're not happy.
Good ones ILLINI..........Here is another one.

"It is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground."
Flight Lesson # 1

To go up, pull back....to go down pull back harder.

Good list Illini!
Night Autorotations

During an actual Night Autorotation it's important to remember the following procedure:

1. External Lights (Landing, spot, etc...)- ON

2. If you like what you see....Leave the lights- ON

3. IF you don't like what you see...External Lights- OFF

Recited to me by an old Army WO4
Told to me by an old jump pilot:

"Never run out of altitude, airspeed, and experience at the same time."
"Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? You have never seen our airplane."
From ILLINI's post:

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

Presumably Mr. Bennett would know of which he speaks. He owns a 135 operation in Southeast Alaska which has a well established tradition of it's pilots killing themselves in bad weather. I haven't been to any of the funerals personally, so I can't comment on the weather at them.
A bit different, this is 100% true and was told to me by a wife that husband wrecked 4 airplanes: ( 3 of the run out of gas......)

"He's a very good pilot. He had some accidents, but all the passengers survived........"

(Not to worry, this pilot do not live in USA)
One I heard awile ago.

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
It's old, but

"I hope that one day I die peacefully in my sleep like my father. Not screaming like the passengers on his flight..."

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