The Best 40 Flying Quotes

Other · 6 min read · Apr 27, 2022
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The desire to fly and flying quotes have existed since the first person witnessed a bird fluttering its wings, leaving the earth, and ascending into the clouds. Mankind has been striving for its own wings since that day.

With a limited amount of tools and resources, humanity tried hard to get airborne.

“My soul is in the sky.” – William Shakespeare.

Until the Wright Brothers took to the skies in a single-engine plane in 1904. Humankind acquired its first wings after thousands of failures and the sacrifice of countless precious lives.

This historic event ushered in a new era for human civilization, with the world becoming a global village. Communities became closer, and commodities transit accelerated growth.

“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.” – Wilbur Wright

Nowadays, aviation is a booming industry, and the progress of several countries and cities is greatly influenced by the efficiency of their aviation markets. Thanks to Emirates Airlines’ exceptional performance, a rural community in the hot desert of Arabia has become a world-renowned tourist and business venue.

One of the most pleasurable experiences on the globe is flying and staring out the window. It provides you with a one-of-a-kind perspective on the world. It makes you realize how insignificant we are and how much our tiny minds have created.

A view of an airplane from below in a slightly cloudy sky.

“Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” – Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Flying is more than just going from one place to another in a less and safest manner, it gives you the joy of cruising among clouds and feeling the immense power of engines.

“I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport.” – Amy Johnson

This article is devoted to all aviators who gave mankind wings and made the planet a more wonderful place. Here is a collection of some of the most well-known sayings and phrases for the flying world.

“There’s a lot of us out here that are birds, man. We all need to just fly.” – Travis Scott.

“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.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” – Douglas Adams.

“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.

“If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” – Chuck Yeager

“Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror.” – Gregory “Pappy” Boyington

The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.” —  Len Morgan

“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“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.” – Wilbur Wright

“Sometimes, flying feels too God-like to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see.” – Charles A. Lindbergh

“Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands.” – Jean Batten

The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.” – Wright Brothers

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ― Toni Morrison

“Flying is hypnotic and all pilots are willing victims to the spell.” – Ernest K Gann

“The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul.” – Walter Raleigh

“Learning to fly an airplane taught me a way of thinking, an approach to problem-solving that was applicable and effective. Pilots are very methodical and meticulous, and artists tend not to be.” – Chris Carter

“Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite.” – Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra

“Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the ocean of air laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world.” – Welch Pogue

“I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it.” – Charles Bukowski

“More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.” – Wilbur Wright

“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” – Amelia Earhart

“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

A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women. – Valentina Tereshkova

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.” – Unknown

Several airplanes parked at an airport at sunset.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.”

“If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you can use the aircraft the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” – Chuck Yeager

“The good thing about flying solo is it’s never boring.” – Steve Fossett

“I was hooked on aviation, made model airplanes, and never thought I would be able to fly myself. It cost too much. But then World War II came along and changed all that.” – John Glenn

“Some of our freighter companies are asking us for [single pilot airliners]. We are quite confident, technologically, that the toolkit is filled. With respect to commercial airplanes, there is no doubt in our minds that we can solve the problem of autonomous flight.” — John Tracy, Chief Technology Officer, Boeing.


Here are some humorous aviation quotes to put a grin on your face.

“The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.”

“Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.”

“Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.” – Alexander Chase

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.” – Gil Stern

“If black boxes survive air crashes, why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?” – George Carlin

“The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.” – Al McGuire

“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.”

“You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams.” – Rita Rudner.

“I feel sad for those who’re afraid of flying. They’re missing out!” – Unknown

A view of an aircraft's wing and engine while flying over a coast.


After all, great things are unachievable until we mix our dreams and enthusiasm with wisdom. Only the continuity of advancements has allowed this goal to become a reality. Aviation has become the quickest and safest mode of transportation.

The strength, beauty, and excitement of flying are highlighted in this collection of airplane quotations. Airplanes are incredible features that enable human beings to fly. These inspiring phrases about airplanes will make you appreciate flying all over again.

The engineering feats that have gone into the creation of airplanes are incredible. The invention of the modern airplane is one of humanity’s most significant achievements.

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.”

“You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.”

“Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.”

“There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. However, there are no old, bold pilots.”

“Remember, you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands and feet.”

“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.”

“If you have a fear of flying, don’t. The data are very clear: If you have to travel someplace, the safest way is by airplane.” – Peter Diamandis

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