Aviation, Flight and Skydiving Quotes
Perhaps no other act of being human better embodies our sense of wonder and our endeavor to explore than engineered flight. Since the time of the great philosophers, Plato and Socrates, men have looked to the winged creatures of this world with envy, their thoughts honed on the jealousies of avian flight that would one day reveal the secrets of the sky. Gradually and through much trial and error there were those among us who strove tirelessly and were rewarded with the much desired prize of human flight. Through artificial mechanisms of ingenious creation, man ushered himself into the sky, and so we now find ourselves in a world where human flight is far more than a midsummer’s daydream.
I often like to think back on the period where men were dreaming the impossible and doing their best to free their kind from terrestrial bonds via their flying contraptions. When thinking of these times it no doubt helps to set your thoughts in context by reading the echoes of these men’s minds. I’ve compiled a small list of quotes that I fancy pertinent to the contemplation of aviation’s history. I like to think that within the following quotes you will find not a few words whose poignancy were defining turning points in aviation history, but rather a collective of important observations through the halls of time that convey the true process behind human flight. For the magic of aviation lies not solely in the hands of the pioneers of the mechanics but also in the hands of the visionaries who dared utter what all around them held as impossible.
Here’s a collection of thoughts:
“All the calculations show it can’t work. There’s only one thing to do: make it work” -Pierre Georges Latécoère, early French aviation entrepreneur
“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
“The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine.” -Plato
“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
“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 Wrigh
That does it for this week’s installment of great aviation quotes.