Planer Cabinet
Aviation Quotes (Left Door)


“Fight on and fly to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
   -- Baron Manfred van Richtoven, German Aviation Corps.

“Fighting in the air is not sport.  It is scientific murder.”
   -- Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, US Army Air Corps.

“It is probable that future war will be conducted by a special class, the air force, as it was by the armored knights of the Middle Ages.”
   -- General William “Billy” Mitchell, US Army.

“The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down.”
   -- General Chuck Yeager, USAF.

“Fly with the head and not with the muscles.  That is the way to long life for a fighter pilot.  The fighter pilot who is all muscle and no head will never live long enough for a pension.”
   -- Colonel Willie Bats, GAF.

“Months of preparation, one of those few opportunities, and the judgment of a split second are what make some pilots an ace, while others think back on what they could have done.”
   -- Colonel Greg “Pappy” Boyington, USMC.

“The aggressive spirit, the offensive, is the chief thing everywhere in war, and the air is no exception.”
   -- Baron Manfred van Richtoven, German Aviation Corps.

“I don’t mind being called tough, because in this racket it’s the tough guys who lead the survivors.”
   -- General Curtis Lemay, USAF.

“There are only two types of aircraft – fighters and targets.”
   -- Doyle Nicholson, USMC.

“To be a good fighter pilot, there is only one prime requisite – think fast and act faster.”
   -- Major John Godfrey, USAAF.

“No guts, no glory.  If you are going to shoot him down, you have to get in there and mix it up with him.”
   -- General Frederick Blesse, USAF.

“A top World War II ace once said that fighter pilots fall into two broad categories: those who go out to kill and those who, secretly, desperately, know they are going to get killed – the hunters and the hunted.”
   -- General Nathan F. Twining, USAF.

“If we lose the war in the air we lose the war and lose it quickly.”
   -- Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery.

“The air battle is not necessarily won at the time of the battle.  The winner may have been determined by the amount of time, energy, thought and training an individual has previously accomplished in an effort to increase his ability as a fighter pilot.”
   -- Colonel Greg “Pappy” Boyington, USMC.

“Victory, speedy and complete, awaits the side which first employs air power as it should be employed.”
   -- Air Marshal Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris.

“You must take the war to the enemy.  You must attack and go on attacking all the time.”
   -- Major Coppens de Houthulst, Belgian Air Service.

“Air power may either end war or end civilization.”
   -- Winston Churchill.

“We’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age.”
   -- General Curtis LeMay, USAF.

“The navy can lose us the war, but only the air force can win it.  The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.”
   -- Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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