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Snakes (ophidiophobia), Reptiles (herpetophobia)

Flying (aviophobia) or Heights (acrophobia)

  • John Mackey wrote "Turbine" to deal with his fear of flying.
    "[...] But in the back of my mind, I'm always aware that we're up quite high — and our lives (and that beauty) depend on these massive pieces of machinery. If that machine (in this case, the percussion) should fail, we'd all be in serious trouble, so I just keep my knuckles gripped to the armrest, look out at the clouds, think pretty thoughts, and hope that the pulse of that engine never lets up."
    — Mackey, in his commentary on the piece
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  • Ian Gillan of Deep Purple has, or at least had, a fear of flying. On tours, he often preferred to travel with the trucks transporting the equipment, befriending many roadies. He would buy double tickets when actually going by plane to avoid being crowded. This is referenced/fictionalized in the song Mitzi Dupree, where he finds Mitzi in one of his seats:
    Flying to Salt Lake City
    Seats 3a and b
    I was down and needed
    A window
    But in 3a sat Mitzi Dupree
  • ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog is famous for having a fear of flying, which was exacerbated when the group's plane became caught in turbulence during the North American leg of their 1979 tour. This is one of the reasons why she rarely travels outside Sweden.
  • Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones left the band in 1990 due to developing a fear of flying. In his book, Ron Wood described how, when returning to England after a tour of Japan, Wyman stared out the window at the plane's engine the entire trip, claiming there was a fuel leak.


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