Famous quotes by Aviators


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"When you design it, think how you would feel if you had to fly it! Safety first!"
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"When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying"
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"Dream no small dream; it lacks magic. Dream large. Then make the dream real"
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"I ended up injuring her with a knife I had on me. I can't really remember what happened"
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"I didn't tell anybody about my plan because I was convinced my family or friends would stop me. I didn't think much about what would happen afterwards"
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"I approached Red Square three times, trying to find somewhere to land, before discovering a wide bridge nearby. I landed there and taxied into Red Square"
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"I moved away for three years and went to Trinidad where I met my wife, Athena"
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"I had one companion. He was a teacher from the Ukraine who spoke English so we could communicate a bit. I learnt a few Russian words, but it was hard to concentrate"
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"My plan was to land in Red Square, but there were too many people and I thought I'd cause casualties"
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"I wanted to choose somewhere public, because I was scared of the KGB"
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"I now work for a finance company in Luxembourg with projects in South America and the Caribbean"
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"You have to be young to be able to do things like that. Now I'm more cautious. I'm proud that I was able to do what I did - psychologically it was a great wall to climb - but sometimes I regret it"
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"Imprisonment hit me so hard - much harder than I had thought"
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"After that I couldn't show my face outside. I lost my identity and balance. I was still living with my parents, and they were my only friends. For so many people, this thing with the nurse was confirmation that I must be mad or mentally ill"
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"Once this key conflict is eased, it will have a huge impact on the world. It will take time to find a solution. It's similar to the situation between East and the West at the time of my flight"
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"My parents were angry, but they were relieved that I was in good condition. They had been afraid the Russians would torture me. They told me not to do it again!"
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"I regret what happened. I saw no other possibility to achieve my goal. It was not hooliganism"
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"The defence and air defence ministers were both replaced and more than 2,000 officers lost their jobs"
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"My parents came to visit every two months and brought plenty of books"
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"I had thought about landing in the Kremlin, but there wasn't enough space"
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"I got my private pilot's license in autumn 1986"
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"I don't have my pilot's licence anymore, but I'm still very political"
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"The good thing about flying solo is it's never boring"
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"This is a Solo Flight, but I want aviation enthusiasts and adventurers everywhere to join me in the endeavour"
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"What you want to do, and what you can do, is limited only by what you can dream"
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"I've got tooth marks on my heart"
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"You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done"
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"You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up"
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"There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot"
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"Rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own"
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