If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it's an outstanding landing.
You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.
There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot.
Never wait for trouble.
Most pilots learn, when they pin on their wings and go out and get in a fighter, especially, that one thing you don't do, you don't believe anything anybody tells you about an airplane.
Rules are made for people who aren't willing to make up their own.
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.
If you want to grow old as a pilot, you've got to know when to push it, and when to back off.
I was always afraid of dying. Always. It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit.
What good does it do to be afraid? It doesn't help anything. You better try and figure out what's happening and correct it.
In 1966, NASA took over in space, and it has been a bureaucratic mess ever since.
Later, I realized that the mission had to end in a let-down because the real barrier wasn't in the sky but in our knowledge and experience of supersonic flight.
The one word you use in military flying is duty. It's your duty. You have no control over outcome, no control over pick-and-choose. It's duty.
It's really difficult for fanatic churchgoers to understand God can't help me. I'm the only one who can help me.
When I was picked to fly the X-1, it was my duty to fly it, and I did.
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