Airplanes Quotes

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

The aeroplane will prevent war by making it too expensive, too slow, too difficult, too long drawn out.

That day at Kitty Hawk, we thought only of getting off the ground. Later we hoped that the airplane would be an instrument of peace, perhaps the instrument that would enforce peace.

Airplane food isn’t in a great state; so many of the airlines serve heavy, stodgy meals. Last year we opened a restaurant at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, where we offer these amazing picnics to take onboard. They’re light, easy to carry, and most importantly, absolutely delicious.

Here’s the ideal experience: that the flight attendant recognises you, but the guy sitting next to you doesn’t.

Very interesting, Whittle, my boy, but it will never work. (Response of Cambridge aeronautical engineering professor, shown Frank Whittle’s plan for a jet engine)

In the space age, man will be able to go around the world in two hours – one hour for flying, and the other to get to the airport.

You always write it’s bombing, bombing, bombing. It’s not bombing, it’s air support. (, complaining to reporters about their coverage of the Vietnam War.)

I did not fully understand the dread term ‘terminal illness’ until I saw Heathrow for myself.

The devil himself had probably redesigned Hell in the light of information he had gained from observing airport layouts.