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The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed
by Alan Shepard

The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed
and orientation and so on and responded as he would
from the same cues in an airplane,
but there was no way it flew the same.
The simulators had showed us that.
- Alan Shepard

You know, being a test pilot isn't always the healthiest business in the world.
- Alan Shepard

I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.
- Alan Shepard

I didn't mind studying.
Obviously math and the physical science subjects interested
me more than some of the more artistic subjects,
but I think I was a pretty good student.
- Alan Shepard

 

It's been a long way, but we're here.
- Alan Shepard

Of course, in our grade school, in those days,
there were no organized sports at all.
We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.
- Alan Shepard

You may not have any extra talent, but maybe you are
just paying more attention to what you are doing.
- Alan Shepard

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Later, in the early teens, I used to ride my bike every
Saturday morning to the nearest airport,
ten miles away, push airplanes in and out of the hangars,
and clean up the hangars.
- Alan Shepard

I think all of us certainly believed the statistics
which said that probably 88% chance of mission success
and maybe 96% chance of survival.
And we were willing to take those odds.
- Alan Shepard

We also knew it would be difficult, because of the
financial condition of the family,
for me to go to college.
- Alan Shepard

The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built.
Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground,
because it crashed.
- Alan Shepard

Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator,
by landing aboard aircraft carriers and so on.
- Alan Shepard

I think the sense of family and family achievement,
plus the discipline which I received there from that
one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on.
- Alan Shepard

They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
- Alan Shepard

I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years,
but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
- Alan Shepard

The excitement really didn't start to build until the trailer -
which was carrying me,
with a space suit with ventilation and all that sort of stuff -
pulled up to the launch pad.
- Alan Shepard

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and
realize that one's safety factor was determined by
the lowest bidder on a government contract.
- Alan Shepard

Of course I was delighted the flight was over,
but I still had to worry about cleaning up inside the cabin,
I had to worry about the hatch, how to get in the sling,
and so on.
- Alan Shepard

You've done it in the simulator so many times,
you don't have a real sense of being excited when the flight is going on.
You're excited before, but as soon as the liftoff occurs,
you are busy doing what you have to do.
- Alan Shepard

The rocket had worked perfectly, and all I had to do
was survive the reentry forces.
You do it all, in a flight like that,
in a rather short period of time, just 16 minutes as a matter of fact.
- Alan Shepard

So everything turned out fine, and we were given the
opportunity to go to Washington and be briefed on the project of man in space,
and given the opportunity to choose whether we wanted to get involved or not.
- Alan Shepard

We worked with the engineers in the design and construction
and testing phases in those various areas,
then we would get back together at the end of the week
and brief each other as to what had gone on.
- Alan Shepard

And I think that still is true of this business -
which is basically research and development -
that you probably spend more time in planning and training
and designing for things to go wrong,
and how you cope with them, than you do for things to go right.
- Alan Shepard

I woke up an hour before I was supposed to,
and started going over the mental checklist:
where do I go from here,
what do I do? I don't remember eating anything at all,
just going through the physical, getting into the suit.
We practiced that so much, it was all rote.
- Alan Shepard

Whether you are an astronomer or a life scientist,
geophysicist, or a pilot, you've got to be there because
you believe you are good in your field,
and you can contribute, not because you are going to
get a lot of fame or whatever when you get back.
- Alan Shepard

Then there was the challenge to keep doing better and better,
to fly the best test flight that anybody had ever flown.
That led to my being recognized as one of the more experienced test pilots,
and that led to the astronaut business.
- Alan Shepard

We wanted to be in great shape, we wanted to be able
to cope with zero gravity,
we wanted to be able to cope with accelerations and decelerations and so on.
So all of us trained so that we were probably in the
best physical condition we had ever been in up until that point.
- Alan Shepard

You have to be there not for the fame and glory and
recognition and being a page in a history book,
but you have to be there because you believe your talent
and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft.
- Alan Shepard

But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty,
to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school,
I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.
- Alan Shepard

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

When a test pilot comes off a flight,
there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up,
and he believes in the debriefing.
You don't keep something to yourself.
- Wally Schirra

And, I wouldn't consider myself to be a natural pilot;
I've had to work at it.
- Duane G. Carey

I always wanted to be a pilot.
- Bo Jackson

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
- Will Durant

So, whenever Scooter was the Pilot, he never had a
chance to fly the orbiter.
So, the joke is: I'm going to have a chance to fly
it first and hand it over to him.
- Duane G. Carey

This pilot, by far, was the best I ever read -
and I hope that insults every other pilot I worked on.
- Will Arnett

A man may build a complicated piece of mechanism,
or pilot a steamboat, but not more than five out of
ten know how the apple got into the dumpling.
- Edward A. Boyden

So, I'm happy to do that because it's a wonderful working
relationship but I will be going out for pilot season
for half hour work and that's the gamble I'm taking.
- Charisma Carpenter

We're just into toys, whether it's motorcycles or race cars or computers.
I've got the Palm Pilot right here with me,
I've got the world's smallest phone.
Maybe it's just because I'm still a big little kid and I just love toys,
you know?
- Catherine Bell

Yes...
well, I used to have a pilot's license.
- Will Wright

Yes, I am a pilot.
I am a flight instructor and a commercial pilot.
- Treat Williams

I was in the pilot for Spinal Tap before it was a movie.
- Nina Blackwood

Each test pilot I know considers him,
or herself, now that there are women,
to be the very best.
It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while.
- Wally Schirra

Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings,
which started off the Outer Limits series.
It was sort of the two hour pilot movie.
- Beau Bridges

I don't have my pilot's licence anymore,
but I'm still very political.
- Mathias Rust

Very few pilots even know how to read Morse code anymore.
But if a pilot could read Morse code,
he could tell which beacon he was approaching by the
code that was flashing from it.
- Mike Ferguson

If you don't trust the pilot, don't go.
- Denzel Washington

I was only 11 when we filmed the pilot.
The idea of a rapper being a star on a sitcom just wasn't heard of.
- Tatyana Ali

There's no such thing as a natural-born pilot.
- Chuck Yeager

Like, to do a pilot, you don't know what's going to happen with it.
- Jenna Elfman

Here's to the pilot that weathered the storm.
- George Canning

Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it.
We couldn't stand it.
Not in the airplanes of World War II.
- Adolf Galland

If you want to grow old as a pilot, you've got to know when to push it,
and when to back off.
- Chuck Yeager

Like the Spitfire it was immensely strong:
a pilot had no need to fear the danger of pulling the wings off,
no matter how desperate the situation became.
- Douglas Bader

After the war, in which I served as a pilot in the Air Force,
I took up films.
- Ivor Novello

I've been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War.
And then, in the No-Fly Zone.
- Philippe Perrin

She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.
- Frank Deford

Yes, during the pilot, they gave me a little toy from the shop.
It's like three little moose in a boat,
paddling.
It's very cute.
And I got to keep some of the clothes.
- Caroline Dhavernas

Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been,
and will continue to be, life's pilot.
On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility.
This puts us under an obligation.
- Wilhelm Reich

I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.
- Paul Nurse

I'm shooting a pilot based on my show.
It's a one-camera show.
I play myself.
- Dane Cook

Well, I'm about to do another western,
a pilot for HBO this fall.
- Walter Hill

You learn to know a pilot in a storm.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Some struggle is healthy.
If you can embrace it rather than be angry,
you can use it as your pilot light.
- Damon Wayans

I did a pilot for Anything But Love in 1988 that didn't sell.
- Kathryn Bigelow

We did one pilot for FOX which was about this couple that moves to a town,
and we play everyone in the entire town.
So it was like a Peter Sellers film.
- Thomas Lennon

I did some commercials and a couple of B movies,
then a few pilots that didn't go anywhere.
Eventually I did the pilot for Beverly Hills,
90210.
The rest is history.
- Brian Austin Green

Anybody can pilot a ship when the sea is calm.
- Navjot Singh Sidhu

My husband was a pilot.
He flew Elvis when Elvis first started making appearances around the country.
- Minnie Pearl

I don't watch the show - only bits and pieces of all of them.
The only one I sat through was the pilot.
- Calista Flockhart

So already, you go from not having a job and thinking
you're going to get fired after the pilot,
to knowing that you've got a guaranteed job for 4 years.
- Michael Shanks


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