A Retired
Pilot’s Quill

You'll find a compilation of my observations & experience during my twenty-year career as an instructor & flight examiner pilot in the USAF as well as my twenty-year tenure with the Boeing company. My reflections are important to me & I belief contribute to success in the home , cockpit & workplace.


Ape Without a Boarding Pass is one of the finest books about aviation
About Robert Sweeney

Robert N. Sweeney was born in 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of “Ape Without a Boarding Pass,” a book that reflects his aviation journey

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Robert N. Sweeney shares some of his favorite aviation quotes from other authors:

“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 DaVinci

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.”
– Socrates

“Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man… LANDING is the first” – author unknown

A Retired Pilot's Quill