THOU ART AN EAGLE Thou art an eagle, thou doest belong to the sky and not to the earth, stretch forth thy wings and fly. — Paul H DunnBe like the bird in flight . . . pausing a whileon boughs too slight, feels them give waybeneath her, yet sings knowing yet, that shehas wings.— Victor Hugo
The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy upto the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains tothe body it partakes of the nature of the divine.— Plato, Phaedrus The winds have welcomed you with softness, The sun has greeted you with its warm hands, You have flown so high and so well, That God has joined you in laughter, And set you back gently into The loving arms of Mother Earth. — Anon, known as The Baloonists Prayer, believed to have been adapted from an old Irish sailors prayer.
I know him well and he is just the kind of man to accomplish such an undertaking. He is apparently without fear and what he sets out to do he generally accomplishes. This recklessness makes him anything but a good aviator, however, for he lacks entirely the element of caution.— Wilbur Wright, speaking about Blériot after the Frenchmans first flight across theEnglish ChannelIt is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.— Wilbur WrightMan must rise above the Earth—to thetop of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understandthe world in which he lives.— Socrates
When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darknessof the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will besomething solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.— Patrick Overton Most gulls dont bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight—how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.— Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Gliders, sailplanes, they are wonderful flying machines. Its the closest you can come to being a bird. — Neil ArmstrongI cant remember the time when airplanes werenot a part of my life and cant remember everwanting anything so much as to fly one. Once Ihad started I had to keep flying. But it was notuntil I was seventeen that I finally got into anairplane. At that time I felt I had come to theplace where I belonged in the world. the air to mewas what being on the ground was to otherpeople. When I felt nervous it pulled metogether. Things could get too much for me onthe ground, they never got that way in the air. flying came into my mind like fresh airinto smoked up lungs and was food in my hungry mouth and strength in my weakarms. I felt that way the first time I got into an airplane. I wasnt nervous when I firstsoloed. There was excitement in me, but it was the nice kind you get when youregoing home after a long, long unhappy time away.— Major Don S. Gentile, USAAF.
Any idiot can get an airplane off the ground, but an aviator earns his keep bybringing it back anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances that man and God candream up.— Walter Cunningham, The All-American Boys, 1977.Here above the farms and ranches of the Great Plains aviation lives up to the promise that inspired dreamers through the ages. Here you are truly separate from the earth, at least for a little while, removed from the cares and concerns that occupy you on the ground. This separation from the earth is more than symbolic, more than a physical removal-it has an emotional dimension as tangible as the wood, fabric, and steel that has transported you aloft.— Stephen Coonts, The Cannibal Queen
The airplane is just a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth, a tool for learning aboutthe sky and about what kind of person I am, when I fly. An airplane stands forfreedom, for joy, for the power to understand, and to demonstrate thatunderstanding. Those things arent destructable.— Richard Bach, Nothing by Chance, 1963.Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace.The soul that knows it not knows no release from little things.Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,Nor mountain heights, where bitter joy can hearThe sound of wings.— Amelia Earhart
It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him tothis planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven.— Wernher von Braun, on the importance of space travel, 10 February 1958.Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are nosignposts in the air to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channelsmarked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.— Anne Morrow Lindbergh, North to the Orient, 1935
And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birdsupon the plain, even though they soar.— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale, ch. 96.Flying is a lot like playing a musical instrument; youre doing so many things andthinking of so many other things, all at the same time. It becomes a spiritualexperience. Something wonderful happens in the pit of your stomach.— Dusty McTavish
I learned to watch, to put my trust in other hands than mine. I learned to wander. Ilearned what every dreaming child needs to know — that no horizon is so far that youcannot get above it or beyond it. These I learned at once. But most things comeharder.— Beryl Markham, ‘West With The Night,’ 1942.
I live for that exhilarating moment when Im in an airplane rushing down the runwayand pull on the stick and feel lift under its wings. Its a magical feeling to climbtoward the heavens, seeing objects and people on the ground grow smaller and moreinsignificant. You have left that world beneath you. You are inside the sky.— Gordon Gordo Cooper, Leap of Faith, 2000. We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. . . . The diversity of the phenomena of Nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.— Johannes Kepler, Mysterium Cosmographicum.
I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit. — General Chuck Yeager, Yeager, An Autobiography.Real confidence in the air is bred only by mistakes made and recovered from at asafe altitude, in a safe ship, and seated on a good parachute.— Rodney H. Jackson, A Lesson in Stunting, Aeronautics magazine, February 1930.
He moves not through distance, but through the ranges of satisfaction that comefrom hauling himself up into the air with complete and utter control; from knowinghimself and knowing his airplane so well that he can come somewhere close totouching, in his own special and solitary way, that thing that is called perfection.—Richard Bach,Every generation has the obligation to free mens minds for a look at new worlds, tolook out from a higher plateau than the last generation. Your vision is not limited bywhat your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine. . . . Make your life countand the world will be a better place because you tried.— Astronaut Ellison Onizuka, astronaut, in his graduation address to KonawaenaHigh School, Hawaii, 1980.
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