"I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport." Amy Johnson
While she was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930, this was only one of her many aviation records set in her career.
Read about her life story here.
"Flying does not rely so much on strength, as on physical and mental co-ordination." Raymonde de Laroche
"Flying the Feathered Edge captures my life story in an authentic and accurate way. I don't know how it could have been done any better" Bob Hoover
"When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then can you go flying." Donald Douglas
"It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane." Charles Lindbergh
Click on the link below to learn more about the history of his aviation accomplishments:
"There is no reason why the aeroplane should not open up a fruitful occupation for women". Harriet Quimby, first American woman to earn her pilot's license
"And let's get one thing straight. There's a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight." E. B. Jeppesen
"The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests." Epictetus
"There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings." Wilbur Wright, 1905
"The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport." Orville Wright
To celebrate his birthday on August 19th, the nation has declared it National Aviation Day in honor of the first ever free controlled flight of a power driven airplane at Kitty Hawk, NC in December 1903.
"Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what's beyond." Buzz Aldrin
While most people remember Neil Armstrong as the first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin (the second man to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission) also made many contributions to space exploration.
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." Leonardo da Vinci
"Prepare for the unknown, unexpected and inconceivable . . . after 50 years of flying I’m still learning every time I fly." Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the Moon
Eugene Cernan flew on several NASA missions, but distinguished our space history as the last person to walk on the moon with the Apollo 17 Mission (18 and 19 were canceled).