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4,223. As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me. (Humanity & Fly & Kill & War) George Orwell
75,199. Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. (Ground & Fly) Douglas Adams
76,102. I love to fly. It’s just you’re alone, peace and quiet, nothing around you but clear blue sky. No-one to hustle you, no-one to tell you where to go or what to do. The only bad part about flying is having to come back down to the fucking world. (Homelessness & Fly) Streetwise 1984 directed Martin Bell, produced & written Cheryl MaCall; viz Life magazine article Streets of the Lost, Dewayne
8,596. Might they also have mastered the power of flight? (Alien & Ancient Alien Theory & Flight) Ancient Aliens: Alien Tech s2e6
88,600. The brute force of rockets ... But are manned space flights really a recent phenomenon? Or could our ancient ancestors have witnessed similar events? (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Flight & Rocket) ibid.
8,601. Could early man really have known about rocket technology? (Alien & Ancient Alien Theory & Flight & Rocket) ibid.
10,445. His [da Vinci’s] notebooks are full of diagrams and drawings of flying machines. (Artist & Flight) Alan Yentob, Leonardo: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything, BBC 2011
10,446. Leonardo drew this parachute in the 1480s. (Artist & Flight) ibid.
10,452. Did he seriously believe that flight was a possibility? (Art & Flight) Alan Yentob, Leonardo II: Dangerous Liaisons
10,453. Apparently, the world’s first controlled glider. (Art & Flight) ibid.
10,454. It’s a first time ever for a Leonardo flying machine successfully taking to the air. A triumph. (Art & Flight) ibid.
27,002. Doc, I don’t want to fly any more – it’s dangerous. (World War II & Aircraft & Flying) Catch 22 1970 starring Alan Arkin & Martin Balsam & Richard Benjamin & Arthur Garfunkel & Jack Gilford & Anthony Perkins & Martin Sheen & Jon Voight & Orson Welles & Buck Henry & Bob Newhart & Paula Prentiss et al, director Mike Nichols, pilots' mess Yossarian
27,006. Where the hell’s my parachute? (World War II & Aircraft & Flying) ibid. Yossarian
62,754. In a hot air balloon invented by a pair of dabbling amateurs ... it was paper that first inspired the French brothers' interest in flight. (Aircraft & Balloon & Fly) Ronald Top, More Industrial Revelations: Europe – High Fliers
62,755. A few months after the Montgolfiers’ first flight the Paris Academy launched a hydrogen balloon. (Aircraft & Balloon & Fly) ibid.
62,756. In 1906 Graf von Zeppelin recorded a twenty-four hour flight. The German government commissioned an entire fleet. (Aircraft & Fly) ibid.
62,757. The Wright Brothers experimented with box-kites and concluded that two sets of wings would increase lift ... Their plane - Flier 1 – looks very like a box-kite, except the Wrights added a system of controls and a lightweight engine. In 1903 the Wright brothers completed the first powered flight in a winged craft. It was a magnificent achievement but it lasted less than a minute. (Aircraft & Fly) ibid.
62,758. On July 25th 1909 [Louis] Bleriot used it to fly across the English Channel. (Aircraft & Fly) ibid.
62,759. It was huge. It was two hundred and forty five metres long ... This was not a party balloon: the Hindenburg had enough life to carry four one-thousand-and-fifty-horsepower engines. (Aircraft & Fly) ibid.
62,760. The Hindenburg fire brought the age of the airship to a tragic end. (Aircraft & Fly) ibid.
67,251. In 1783 two French brothers called Montgolfier amazed the world with the first human flight. (Civilisation & Fly) James Burke, Connections 1994: Getting it Together s2e3
72,556. Do you ever wonder what it would be like to fly? (Fantasy & Fly) Alice in Wonderland 2010 starring Mia Wasikowska & Johnny Depp & Anne Hathaway & Helena Bonham Carter & Crispin Glover & Stephen Fry & Alan Rickman & Matt Lucas et al, director Tim Burton, Alice
73,164. Flying is worth risking your life for. Ernst Udet to friend
73,165. The ability to move through the air in any direction you wish, to cross continents and oceans, to range over forests and deserts and mountains, all this birds have been able to do for a hundred and fifty million years. But they weren’t the first or indeed the last in the skies. David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies I: First to Fly, Sky 2015
73,166. Flight has been the key to the success of some of our planet’s most remarkable inhabitants. ibid.
73,167. Insects: their wings are marvels of natural engineering. (Fly & Insect) ibid.
73,168. One of the biggest in the world – the Atlas beetle. (Fly & Insect) ibid.
73,169. Flight has enabled the insects as a whole to become an astonishing global success. (Fly & Insect) ibid.
73,170. First into the skies were the insects ... A new group of animals took to the air: vertebrates. David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies II: Rivals
73,171. By and large this is the kingdom of the birds. The first birds flew about a hundred and fifty million years ago. They spread around the globe. (Fly & Bird) David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies III
73,172. I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
73,173. There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
73,174. The wish to fly must have been part of me as a small child. Hanna Reitsch
73,175. It felt like a fairy tale. Wondrous. Hanna Reitsch
73,176. Gliding becomes a mass hobby: half a million Germans participate. Hitler’s Idols: Hanna Reitsch
73,177. Flight Captain – the first woman in history to hold the rank. ibid.
73,178. This age-old urge of humans to lift themselves from the weight of the ground to ride towards the sun, this urge is just as strong in the German people, maybe even stronger than in others. Hermann Goering 1936
73,179. I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could. Evel Knievel
73,180. The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who ... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space ... on the infinite highway of the air. Wilbur Wright
104,772. ‘I was shot down over Laos in 1966 in the early phase of the Vietnam War. I never wanted to go to war. I only got into this because I had one burning desire and that was to fly.’ (Captivity & Fly & Vietnam & Laos) Little Dieter Needs to Fly, 1997, Dieter Dengler