"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
"Never fly the A model of anything."
World War II Pilot Officer Edward Thompson of 433 (RCAF) Squadron
"Air power is like poker. A second-best hand is like none at all - it will cost you dough and win you nothing."
General George Kenney, Commander of Allied Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific, 1942-45
"Pershing won [WWI] without even looking into an airplane, let alone going up in one. If they had been of such importance he'd have tried at least a ride. . . "
John Wingate Weeks, U.S. Secretary of War, 1921