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)
I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of… I would not care to be a member of the Aeronautical Society. (1896)
There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane; either you have diarrhea, or you’re anxious to meet people who do.
The Federal Aviation Administration has come up with a list of 30 changes to make air travel safer. No. 1 on the list: no more crashes.
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.