The experience of flying is often described as beautifully freeing, tantalizingly thrilling, and strangely addicting. The Pilot cannot give up The Blue. For many pilots, it seems the need to fly is in their blood and is an inescapable force that drives them forward. It is hard to imagine that feeling. The language that is used to describe flying by pilots and by writers below gives a clear sense of the magic of flight.


Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see … 

Charles A. Lindbergh,  The Spirit of St. Louis, 1953.

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. 

Amelia Earhart


It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God, and I have no fears.

Helen Keller, at age 74, on flight around the world, news reports

The airplane is just a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth, a tool for learning about the sky and about what kind of person I am when I fly. An airplane stands for freedom, for joy, for the power to understand and to demonstrate that understanding. Those things aren't destructible.

Richard Bach, Nothing by Chance, 1963.