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30 Flying Quotes to Inspire You on Your Journey Through Flight School

Flight school, while a fun and rewarding experience, isn’t always sunshine and rainbows—both literally and figuratively. From late-night test-cramming sessions to fulfilling your required flight hours to passing your first checkride, there are several challenges that will keep you on your toes throughout the process.

If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, just remember that when you finally have your official pilot’s certificate in hand, an unbelievable sense of accomplishment will wash over you. To inspire you along your journey, we’ve compiled this list of 30 quotes about flying that will give you the extra boost you need to stay focused and complete your training. Here we go!

30 Inspirational Flying Quotes

1) “What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all.” — Charles A. Lindbergh, first pilot to make a solo transatlantic flight

2) “There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician, the other is an artist in love with flight.” — Elrey B. Jeppesen, founder of the Jeppesen Air Navigation

3) “Once you have learned to fly your plane, it is far less fatiguing to fly than it is to drive a car. You don’t have to watch every second for cats, dogs, children, lights, road signs, ladies with baby carriages and citizens who drive out in the middle of the block against the lights. Nobody who has not been up in the sky on a glorious morning can possibly imagine the way a pilot feels in free heaven.” — William T. Piper, founder of Piper Aircraft Corporation

4) “Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.” — General Adolf Galland, World War II ace

5) “When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer

6) “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” — Elinor Smith,  pioneering American aviator that was known as The Flying Flapper of Freeport

7) “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” — Wilbur Wright, inventor of modern flight

8) “There is no such thing as a natural born pilot. Whatever my aptitudes or talents, becoming a proficient pilot was hard work, really a lifetime’s learning experience. For the best pilots, flying is an obsession, the one thing in life they must do continually. The best pilots fly more than the others; that’s why they’re the best. Experience is everything.” — Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier

9) “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” — Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

10)  “The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.”

— Len Morgan, American aviator

11) “Do the impossible because almost everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasies.” — Howard Hughes, business magnate and record-setting pilot

12) “I was annoyed from the start by the attitude of doubt by the spectators that I would never really make the flight. This attitude made me more determined than ever to succeed.” — Harriet Quimby, first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in the U.S.

13) “To become an ace a fighter must have extraordinary eyesight, strength, and agility, a huntsman’s eye, coolness in a pinch, calculated recklessness, a full measure of courage and occasional luck!” — Jimmy Doolittle, instrument flying pioneer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

14) “Don’t ever let a fear of failing keep you from knowing the joys of flight.” — Lane Wallace, aviation author and journalist

15) “Great pilots are made, not born. A man may possess good eyesight, sensitive hands, and perfect coordination, but the end result is only fashioned by steady coaching, much practice, and experience.” — James Edgar Johnson, Air Vice-Marshal of the British Royal Air Force

16) “It has been my observation that the happiest of people, the vibrant doers of the world, are almost always those who are using – who are putting into play, calling upon, depending upon the greatest number of their God-given talents and capabilities.” — John Glenn, first American to orbit the earth

17) “I’ve learned more about people through my association with aviation than I ever did about airplanes.” — Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association

18) “You can’t hug your grandchildren or visit your adult children online. Playing Internet golf is no fun. Having a vacation home loses a lot of its charm when it takes you two days of every three-day weekend to drive to it and back. A personal airplane changes all those dynamics.” — Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft and CEO of Kestrel Aircraft

19) “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” — Leonardo Da Vinci, inventor of the first flying machine

20) Learning to fly is one of humankind’s most inspiring achievements. When you learn to fly it changes who you are and how you think of yourself forever.” — John King, co-founder of the Schools

21) “I like to have around me people who find ways to do things, not tell me why they can’t be done.” — Olive Ann Beech, former Beechcraft CEO

22) “Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared. Eddie Rickenbacker.” — Eddie Richard, World War I flying ace

23) “One of the things I teach my children is that I have always invested in myself, and I have never stopped learning, never stopped growing.” — Chesley Sullenberger, airline captain of infamous US Airways Flight 1549

24) “Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” — Socrates, philosopher

25) “It’s the same with anyone who’s been flying for years and loves it still… we’re part of a world we deeply love. Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind!” — Richard Bach, author

26) “Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation.  Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin.” — K.O. Eckland, author

27) “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

28) “I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.” — Jacqueline Cochran, first female aviator to break the sound barrier

29) “Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable … after 50 years of flying I’m still learning every time I fly.” — Gene Cernan, American astronaut, eleventh person to walk on the moon

30) “I don’t think I possess any skill that anyone else doesn’t have. I’ve just had perhaps more of an opportunity, more of an exposure, and been fortunate to survive a lot of situations that many others weren’t so lucky to make it. It’s not how close can you get to the ground, but how precise can you fly the airplane.” — Bob Hoover, founding fathers of modern aerobatics

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