Thursday, March 03, 2005

Air Safety Quotes

"What is chiefly needed is skill, rather than machinery."
--Wilbur Wright, 1902

"Airshow flying is tough; it's even tougher if you do something stupid. Don't do nothin' dumb!"
--Ralph Royce

"Beware, dear son of my heart, lest in thy new-found power thou seekest even the gates of Olympus....These wings may bring thy freedom but may also come thy death."
-- Daedalus to Icarus

"Death is just nature's way of telling you to watch your airspeed.

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

"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm."
--Publilius Syrus

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

"The alleviation of human error, whether design or intrinsically human, continues to be the most important problem facing aerospace safety.
--Jerome Lederer

"Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater extent than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity, or neglect.

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