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"Navy Aviators live on the line between bravery and stupidity, science and idiocy. One day you're planning a complicated twenty-eight-jet air strike over Afghanistan, the next your buddies are urging you to take a shit on a Dubai boulevard after your tenth Jack Daniels. It has always been that way, fly hard, get drunk, and chase skirt. . . . naval aviators had the capacity to instantly toggle between the heroic and the moronic."
— Stephen Rodrick, in his amazing first book The Magical Stranger, published May 2013.
"We don't like surprises in this business because surprises kill people."
— Bill Gray, USAF test pilot, quoted in Flying magazine, April 2013.
"Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven :— That is by letters written with their quills."
— Leonardo da Vinci, English translation by Edward McCurdy, Leonardo Da Vunci's Note-books.
"Thousands of volumes have been written about aviation, but we do not automatically have thousands of true and special friends in their authors. That rare writer who comes alive on a page does it by giving of himself, by writing of meanings, and not just of fact or of things that have happened to him. The writers of flight who have done this are usually found together in a special section on private bookshelves."
— Richard Bach, 'The Pleasure of Their Company,' in Flying magazine, April 1968.
"Or like a poet woo the Moon,
— Roy Campbell, The Festivals of Flight, 1930.
"It isn't often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it."
— Samuel Hynes, 'A Teller of Tales Tells His Own,' in the New York Times, 7 September 1997.
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