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: I've lost five men, Lew. Gabriel in there, he's on the way, that'll be six. Are you asking me to try to kill the rest of them trying to get a deathtrap off the ground. I don't know... I don't know, Lew. It won't work... it just can't work. Lew Moran
: All right, then, it can't. Maybe it can't and we'll all be killed. But if there's just one chance in a thousand that he's got something, boy, I'd rather take it than just sit around here waiting to die.
: Maybe Frank Towns, who's flown every crate they've ever built and could fly in and out of a tennis court if he had to, maybe that great hell-for-leather trailblazer's nothing more than a back number now. And maybe men like Dorfmann can build machines that can do Frank Towns's job for him, and do it better
: You told Towns he was behaving as if stupidity was a virtue. If he's making it into a virtue, YOU'RE MAKING IT INTO A BLOODY SCIENCE!
: I don't know what your practical navigation's like, but mine's not bad. I wouldn't march ten paces from here. In the daytime it's hitting a hundred and twenty in the shade, and out there, there is no shade.
: If you marched a hundred and six miles by the stars and your calculations were just one per cent out, you could pass the Eiffel Tower in daylight and never even see it.
: [of an alternate destination
] Three stinkin' mud huts and a poisoned well. That's not a place, it's a disease.
: It may not be the best possible advertisement. but Frank Towns is probably one of the few really great pilots left in this push-button world of yours. Heinrich Dorfmann
: Oh, really? Lew Moran
] Yes, 'Oh, really!' He was flying by the seat of his pants in planes that were nothing more than bits and pieces before you even went to school! Heinrich Dorfmann
: That's precisely what is wrong - he has remembered everything and learned nothing!
: Time was you could take real pride, in just getting there, flying used to be fun Lou, it really was. Frank Towns
: He's crazy Lou, he builds toy airplanes.