Squad Leader: You're gonna be Spook's wingman. You think you can handle that?
Dieter: I could not ask for a better man, sir. But, please, could I ask you a question?
Squad Leader: Go ahead.
Dieter: You know, Spook is such a goddamn daredevil, could you please order him not to try too hard to die for his country, but rather to let the son-of-a-bitch on the other side die for his instead?
Title Card: Soon after his rescue, Dieter Dengler retired from active duty and became a civilian test pilot. / He survived four more plane crashes.
Title Card: In 1965, few people believed that the still limited conflict in Viet Nam would turn into full scale war. / One of the first signs of what lay ahead was America's bombing of secret targets inside Laos.
Dieter: (for his birthday) What kind of champagne is this?
Gene: You just got to keep thinking protein, lots of protein.
Duane: It's not bad. Squished insect larva.
Dieter: (drinking) Mmmm... Oh, this is a good year, this one.
Dieter: I love America. America gave me wings.
Dieter: I believe I need a steak.
Rescue Chopper Winchman: (hauled into rescue chopper) Who are ya buddy? Name!
Dieter: Flight Lieutenant Dieter Dengler, U.S.S. Ranger.
Rescue Chopper Winchman: Authenticator? What's the authenticator?
Dieter: Rescue Dawn.
Rescue Chopper Winchman: Louder!
Dieter: Rescue Dawn!
Rescue Chopper Winchman: Favorite sport?
Dieter: (big grin now) Hunting.
Rescue Chopper Winchman: Favorite fish?
Rescue Chopper Pilot: Confirmed, confirmed, it's him!
Dieter: I remember, I was in the attic with my brother. We were looking out, and we see this fighter plane, beautiful, coming right at us. And it's firing from its wings. And I see the machine gun, it's flashing and - whooosh - it goes flying past the house. It's so close. I mean, it's *feet* away from the house. And the canopy was open. And this pilot, he had his goggles up on his helmet. And I could see his eyes. And he was looking at me. Right at me. He's looking right at me. And then as he turns to go, he's starting back, he's looking right at me still. And the thing is, from that moment on, little Dieter, he needed to fly.
Duane: You're a strange bird, Dieter. A man tries to kill you and you want his job.
Admiral: No one can know.
Spook: No one except Charlie when we kick his ass.
Duane: (looking at the smoking remains of the huts Dieter burned down) I dreamed there was a fire.
Dieter: Empty what is full. Fill what is empty. Scratch what itches. (imdb.com)
Dieter: When I was uhh... five or somethin', I was looking out the window, with my brother... and we see this fighter plane was coming right at us. I was not scared. I was mesmerized! Because for me, this pilot was this all-mighty being from the clouds. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be him. I wanted to be one of them. I wanted to be a pilot. (imdb.com)
Dieter: (after being hauled into a US Chopper) Code in... Rescue Dawn.
Rescue Chopper Winchman: It's him! (imdb.com)
Dieter: No, I never wanted to go to war. I just wanted to fly. (imdb.com)
Duane: You're a strange bird, Dieter. A man tries to kill you and you want his job. (imdb.com)