Quotes of the Day for 17 December 2007 – Flight
On this day in 1903 Orville Wright lifted the Wright Flyer into the air at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. It was the first manned powered flight by an airplane, even if it only lasted 12 seconds and covered about 120 feet. At the end of the day he and Wilbur were so excited by their successful flights that they went four miles to Kitty Hawk to send a telegram home to Dayton, Ohio. Flying isn't an adventure anymore, and by all accounts it isn't that much fun anymore, but experience tells me that a lot of you will be heading for airports before the end of the year.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1900 - 1944
It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.
- Charles Augustus Lindbergh, 1902 - 1974
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.
- Gil Stern
There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.
- Orson Welles, 1915 - 1985
All they have to do is look down at the traffic and suddenly they don't feel like [flying is] that expensive a way to travel after all.
- Jim Herron
It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant.
- Richard J. Ferris, president of United Airlines
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