"If you do not yet fly, perhaps you've felt that spirit when you suddenly realize that you are the only one in the street who looks up to watch an airplane overhead, the only one who slows and sometimes even stops at an airport to watch the little iron birds come down to earth and to lift-off again into thin air.  If you act this way, it's possible that in flight you'll find much to learn of yourself and of the path of your life on this planet"

-Richard Bach, "A Gift of Wings"


"Rare is the man who has been exposed to the intense heat of a pilot's enthusiasm, without in some way being affected by it.  The only reason that this can be is the unreasonable itself, that strange distant mystique of machines that carry men through the air."

-Richard Bach-


"That one word, 'airplane', means so much!  How can anyone not like an airplane, or fear it, or find it less than beautiful to behold?  I'm unable to accept that there can be a person alive, any human being anywhere, who can look upon this creature of curves and wings and walk away, untouched."

-Richard Bach, "A Gift of Wings"


"Because I fly, I laugh more than other men.  I look up and see more than they.  I know how clouds feel.  What it's like to have the blue in my lap.  To look down on birds.  To feel freedom in a thing called the stick.  Who but I can slice between God's billow-legs and feel them laugh and crash with His step?  Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?  The rainbow's secret?  The real reason birds sing?  Because I fly, I envy no man on earth."

-Author Unknown


"You can see the kind of trap I'm caught in.  I can't do the simplest work at the airport (oh, port of the air, haven of the little arks that sail the skies), I can't just step into the airplane and start the darn engine without all the world roaring out in great golden glory-streaks and trumpets sounding in the heavens and angels flapping around the clouds and singing Alleluia in chorus twenty-thousand strong, man-angels with low voices and woman-angels with high voices and all so grand and magnificent that there are tears in my eyes and I'm all melted in joy and praise for the Mind of the universe and I haven't even touched the starter yet!"

-Richard Bach, "A Gift of Wings"


I'll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, "This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could.  It won't get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house.  But if you treat it with respect and keep your eyes open, it may remind you of some things you used to know -- that life is in the moment, joy matters more than money, the world is a beautiful place, and that dreams really, truly are possible."  And then, because airplanes speak a language beyond words, I'll take him up in the evening summer sky and let the airplane show him what I mean.

-Lane Wallace, 'Eyes of A Child' - Flying Magazine


"[I'm] getting housemaid's knee kneeling here, gulping beauty."

 -Amelia Earhart, comment in logbook, 1928.




"For pilots sometimes see behind the curtain, behind the veil of gossamer velvet, and find the truth behind man, the force behind a universe." 

   Richard Bach, 'Biplane,' 1966 


"Flyers have a sense of adventures yet to come, instead of dimly recalling adventures of long ago as the only moments in which they truly lived."

   Richard Bach,  'A Gift of Wings,' 1974


"A mile of road will take you a mile, but a mile of runway can take you anywhere."  - Unknown-


Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description. 

   Barry M. Goldwater, US senator