Fighter pilot quotes

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◆ A fighter without a like an airplane without a wing.
- Brigadier General Robin Olds100
◆ See, decide, attack, reverse.
- Colonel Erich Bubi Hartmann99
◆ I never went into the air thinking I would lose.
- 99
◆ The duty of the fighter pilot is to patrol his area of the sky, and shoot down any enemy fighters in that area. Anything else is rubbish.
- Baron Manfred Von Richthofen99
◆ Of all my accomplishments I may have achieved during the war, I am proudest of the fact that I never lost a wingman.
- Colonel Erich Bubi Hartmann99
◆ Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.
- Baron Manfred Von Richthofen99
◆ Fighting in the air is not sport. It is scientific murder.
- 99
◆ The first time I ever saw a jet, I shot it down.
- General Chuck Yeager99
◆ Good flying never killed an enemy yet...
- Major Edward Mick Mannock99
◆ Men were going to die in the air as they had for centuries on the ground and on the seas, by killing each other. The conquest of the air was truly accomplished.
- Rene Chambe99
◆ A top World War II ace once said that fighter pilots fall into two broad categories: those who go out to kill and those who, secretly, desperately, know they are going to get killed...the hunters and the hunted.
- General Nathan F Twinning99
◆ You lived and died alone, especially in fighters. Fighters. Somehow, despite everything, that word had not become sterile. You slipped into the hollow cockpit and strapped and plugged yourself into the machine. The canopy ground shut and sealed you off. Your oxygen, your very breath, you carried into the chilled vacuum, in a steel bottle.
- James Salter99
◆ The hunters are the ones who go out and kill. Maybe one out of ten good fighter pilots will be one of the hunters.
- Jack Ilfrey99
◆ To the aircraft I aim, not the man.
- Francesco Baracca99
◆ Everything in the air that is beneath me, especially if it is a lost, for it cannot shoot to the rear.
- Baron Manfred Von Richthofen99

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