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Engrave this Quote Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
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-Proverb
Engrave this Quote Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
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-Douglas Adams
Engrave this Quote A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.
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-Shana Alexander
Engrave this Quote Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.
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-Gregory ''Pappy'' Boyington
Engrave this Quote Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.
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-Alexander Chase
Engrave this Quote Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government.
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-Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
Engrave this Quote Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
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-Amelia Earhart
Engrave this Quote Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.
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-Amelia Earhart
The Fun of It, 1932
Engrave this Quote I wish I could write well enough to write about aircraft. Faulkner did it very well in Pylon but you cannot do something someone else has done though you might have done it if they hadn't.
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-Ernest Hemingway
Engrave this Quote I like terra firma; the more firma, the less terra.
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-George S. Kaufman
Engrave this Quote I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.
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-Jean Kerr
Engrave this Quote One could sit still and look at life from the air; that was it. And I was conscious again of the fundamental magic of flying, a miracle that has nothing to do with any of its practical purposes - speed, accessibility, and convenience - and will not change as they change. Looking down from the air that morning, I felt that stillness rested like a light over the earth. What motion there was took on a slow grace, like slow-motion pictures which catch the moment of outstretched beauty that one cannot see in life itself, so swiftly does it move.
And if flying, like a glass-bottomed bucket, can give you that vision, that seeing eye, which peers down to the still world below the choppy waves - it will always remain magic.

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-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
North to the Orient, 1935
Engrave this Quote There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.
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-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Engrave this Quote The life of an aviator seemed to me ideal. It involved skill. It brought adventure. It made use of the latest developments of science. Mechanical engineers were fettered to factories and drafting boards while pilots have the freedom of wind with the expanse of sky. There were times in an aeroplane when it seemed I had escaped mortality to look down on earth like a God.
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-Charles A. Lindbergh, 1927
Engrave this Quote Science, freedom, beauty, adventure: what more could you ask of life? Aviation combined all the elements I loved. There was science in each curve of an airfoil, in each angle between strut and wire, in the gap of a spark plug or the color of the exhaust flame. There was freedom in the unlimited horizon, on the open fields where one landed. A pilot was surrounded by beauty of earth and sky. He brushed treetops with the birds, leapt valleys and rivers, explored the cloud canyons he had gazed at as a child. Adventure lay in each puff of wind.
I began to feel that I lived on a higher plane than the skeptics of the ground; one that was richer because of its very association with the element of danger they dreaded, because it was freer of the earth to which they were bound. In flying, I tasted a wine of the gods of which they could know nothing. Who valued life more highly, the aviators who spent it on the art they loved, or these misers who doled it out like pennies through their antlike days? I decided that if I could fly for ten years before I was killed in a crash, it would be a worthwhile trade for an ordinary life time.

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-Charles A. Lindbergh
The Spirit of St. Louis
Engrave this Quote I watched him strap on his harness and helmet, climb into the cockpit and, minutes later, a black dot falls off the wing two thousand feet above our field. At almost the same instant, a white streak behind him flowered out into the delicate wavering muslin of a parachute -- a few gossamer yards grasping onto air and suspending below them, with invisible threads, a human life, and man who by stitches, cloth, and cord, had made himself a god of the sky for those immortal moments.
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-Charles A. Lindbergh
Engrave this Quote Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds--and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of--wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence, Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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-John Gillispie Magee, Jr.
High Flight
Engrave this Quote Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
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-Edward Rickenbacker
Engrave this Quote The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.
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-Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Engrave this Quote Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 second inform Press home Christmas.
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-Orville Wright
Engrave this Quote The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.
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-Wilbur Wright

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