Airplane Plane

The plane in your dream shows all the amazing possibilities of change, of varied experience, of romance, business and discovery in life today. But it also holds all the possibilities of failure, of not being able to get your projects or relationship off the ground, along with delays, unexpected threats, and the possible tragedy and loss you might meet in life. Your dream airplane communicates this in the action your dream portrays. The plane journey, for instance, suggests a change in your life, leaving your ordinary affairs behind. It is a journey into the unknown, into taking risks. Perhaps you are making a move toward, or away from, love and opportunity. It is risky because the plane can fall from the sky, and you can meet feelings of failure or despair.

A plane can also attack, and this shows fears, anxiety about being exposed to attack from other people or events. This does not mean you will be attacked, only that you fear it.

To climb aboard a plane is to embark upon dramatic movement from one way of life, or one situation in life, to another; a leap into the unknown, into chance – so it is a powerful symbol of change. Perhaps that flight into chance, into life and its mysterious possibilities might be okay. But it might fall from the sky too. Meanwhile, on the plane you will not have your feet on the ground, you will not be secure, everything is ‘up in the air’. The plans, the love, the hopes and efforts might die, might lead to tragedy with all its rippling effects moving into the web of relationships and events connected with the flight of the plane.

In exploring a dream about a plane crash it took a long time to really connect with anything, but when I did the feelings were all about how there has been a crash of my dreams, ambitions, desire for love and the heightened feelings that arose or ‘took off’ in connection with a lover. In comments on planes above I say, “The plans, the love, the hopes and efforts might die, might lead to tragedy with all its rippling effects moving into the web of relationships and events connected with the flight of the plane.” This was true in my life.

An attacking aircraft: Feeling attacked either by your own doubts and self criticism, or that of others.

Being grounded: Sense of not getting anywhere and frustration; plans and hopes that haven’t connected with achievement or opportunity – maybe this isn’t the right time yet.

Biplane: It can represent a more full contact with flying in a plane, and needs a lot more courage to do.

Example: “I saw a biplane fly overhead. Its pilot was performing daring new stunts. I ran into a house to tell a man who was in bed to run out and see the plane. ” David R.

The example clearly shows one aspect of what a biplane means, being daring in a new area, taking risks in life, braving a new work area or relationship.

Difficulty landing: Difficulty achieving goal or making it real in a down to earth way; anxiety about where life events are taking you; feeling out of control or not being in control; difficulties or fears about being in someone else’s hands.

Falling out of plane: Usually anxiety, sometimes about death or failure of high hopes. It is also the opportunity to fly if you can overcome your anxieties.

Flight attendant: A part of you trained in dealing with personal problems, and also emergencies.

Pilot: The pilot is a part of you used to having a much wider and inclusive view of where you are going in your life, so trust their help.

Plane falling rapidly: ‘Pit’ feeling in stomach that one gets when feeling anxiety about the outcome of a situation; sense of failure or guilt; apprehension about the future of a project or direction; anxiety about something.

Plane journey: The plane is also a means of leaving things behind, rising above or finding a way of escaping difficulties or the past. It is a way we move beyond the limitations of any one locality, racial customs, family attitudes or religious environments. It is the power of the mind to move among and learn from or experience these many states of being. It offers a much wider or more inclusive view of where you are and where you are going in life.

Private plane: Ones personal activities and plans not deeply connected with other people.

The crashed or wrecked plane: Worry about failing. Can be anxiety bringing down your ambition or adventurousness; a loss of self confidence or mental equilibrium; warning about a business project; broken dreams and hopes. Sometimes shows or refers to a break up in a relationship or a failed endeavour, a hope, a journey that fails.

Watching a plane crash: A sense of emergency; feeling you are aware of an important social or national event. Sensing something difficult happening or having happened in your life, like a divorce or loss of business or love for instance. Can sometimes relate to childhood traumas that make it difficult for you to get your life taking flight.

The plane journey: Shows a move toward independence; leaving home or friends; success.

Watching a plane land safely: The arrival back to oneself of the actions, words and energies sent out into the world. As a simple example, we may have a carpet to give away because we are moving. We tell a neighbour who passes the information to someone else. This new person wants the carpet. A completely new person therefore lands, or arrives in our life. The landing plane may also mean coming down to earth again, or making something more applicable in an everyday sense.

The example below clearly shows one aspect of what a plane means, being daring in a new area, taking risks in life, braving a new work area or relationship. David is calling on a part of himself that is withdrawn and inactive to ‘get up’ and be involved in something daring. Sometimes the plane in the sky represents feeling threatened by something new or unknown. This is shown in the second example.

Example: I saw a biplane fly overhead. Its pilot was performing daring new stunts. I ran into a house to tell a man who was in bed to run out and see the plane. David R.

Example: A woman who was a radio researcher was offered the job of presenter. She was thrilled but dreamt she was in a road walking and planes flew overhead dropping bombs and shooting. She had to dive into a ditch to avoid being killed. When she explored the dream she realised she was afraid of facing the public directly, and this fear if left unconscious would have caused her to refuse the job. She accepted the fear and managed to press forward with the job.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Am I taking a ‘flight’ into a new or challenging situation or relationship?

What am I leaving behind or arriving at?

Are there radical shifts of life style I am involved in?

Do some events in my life feel like a ‘plane crash’?

It helps to read this Dreams Are Virtual Realities and also Processing Dreams and Acting on Your Dream.


-Tom 2016-10-06 20:02:32

I had a dream I was on a plane, wearing a brown or black suit and reading a book or a newspaper. A flight attendant walks by and starts working with some people on my right. I realize that the flight attendant is the first and only girl that I fell in love with. Mind you have not seen or spoken in about 5 years. My heart jumps in my chest but my exterior is cool as a cucumber. I hide my face behind the book or newspaper and just keep reading. She sits down but continues to interact with people. The time period is way different than 2016…this s back when flight attendance wore blue and those hats…I think they are called pill box hats. The flight was relaxing. I think I ordered a drink, then I work up.

-Colette 2016-09-27 8:54:13

I am really confused about my dream . I was on a plane with my husband and one of my sons , the flight took off smoothly, the pilot announced that a passenger had requested to stop and get off. The plane landed and my mother in law got off the plane. When it took off again it wasn’t as smooth and I thought I was going to fall out of the window. The flight attended was kind , she closed the window and I was fine. That’s all I remember.

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-28 13:25:13

    Colette – You seem to approaching, or are in, a change or circumstances. But unknowingly you were or are carrying another passenger in your life – your mother in law. The pilot is a part of you used to having a much wider and inclusive view of where you are going in your life, so trust their help. They have let your mother in law off of your family journey through life.

    This has or will cause you a lot of difficulty, but the flight attendant, a part of you trained in dealing with personal problems, and also emergencies, will deal with the difficult feelings you have.


      -Colette 2016-09-29 20:53:19

      Thank you so much Tony , that makes perfect sense now. I can’t thank you enough . C x

-Elizabeth 2016-09-24 12:59:03

I had a dream that my sweater was dirty with mud and I was looking for my other sweater but the places to put your stuff in were closed and I was already late to board the plane and I rang a doorbell and they opened the door to the plane and I got in as I’m going up the stairs I look to the side and they have 70s styled t-shirts neatly placed in a rack and I realized everyone’s clothing was placed that way on the second level of the plane & to get to the third you need to climb the platform and I was struggling and then I woke up. What was the meaning of my dream?

-M 2016-09-08 15:17:01

Last I had a dream I got to my house and I was in the driveway. I looked up and there was this very small airplane it was very old rusty and unusual. It was flying back and forth over my apartment and than I saw a guy he was being forced to jumped out to die. The bodies would land everywhere on my apartments. In the driveway in the back parking lot. I saw two young guys jump out and landed right in front of me and died. I later went to my back neighbors apartment and looked out her back window that faces the back parking lot and it was full of bodies. I was scared and in shock. After that scene my dream changed.

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-09 8:42:20

    M – Don’t forget that the dream images are all happening in your sleeping mind, and have nothing to do with external threats – at least you dream does not. Dream images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    What your dream says is that your old rusty airplane represents feelings or attitudes taking place inside you, and because most people are focussed on things happening outside of them, they miss the most important inner happenings. See

    You plane is all the wonderful imagination and creativity you have within – flights of fancy. But it seems you have neglected and thrown away all the creative ideas by feeling they are simply fantasies. So throw them to their death. Of course it horrifies seeing what you have done. The neglect is shown as the rust. It was unusual showing your own unusual mind.

    Fantasies are what has led marvellous women and men to create the unusual. What do you think the Wright brothers were doing when everyone else said they were crazy?

    Let your craziness fly free.


-Jim 2016-08-29 13:29:58

Had a “pleasant nightmare” where I dream I was in a light plane, cockpit but not the pilot. The plane is flying, the engine stops and it was plummeting but the feeling I got was of control, I was never scared and trusted it was going to land safely..which it did. The plane glided safely landing smoothly in blue open water.
Sometimes in the dreams something disturbing happens abruptly and I would question if this was a dream and wake myself up. This particular dream I had that feeling but I chose to not believe it was a dream and rode it.
I am going through a time where change is needed and I’m trying to make a big change which I’m preparing myself for.

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-01 9:21:02

    Jim – Well you are certainly learning to control your fear – the plane lading safely.

    Dreams all are in a different dimension than waking life, a dimension in which everything in your dream is a living and intelligent part of YOU. So although you see it as a plane it is simply an image used to describe the emotions or associations you are meeting.

    Therefore, it is not a good option to wake up when anything disturbing is dreamt about. Avoiding it means you have not sorted the enormously important aspects of your own amazing and intricate make up of your personality. See


-Dawrie 2016-08-27 13:36:04

Often, see planes in dream..either its the fighter planes attacking us, just crashing into our houses, …or commercial planes crashing mid air,…and every time it was quite a number of planes…falling from the sky…

It leaves a severe headache when i wake up…i feel miserable throughout the day,

-ritz 2016-08-21 22:38:19

I had a dream that I was boarding a plane and for some reason left behind my cell phone and my purse. I told the attendant I needed to get it and she said okay, but as I was walking back out, the door began to close and the plane started taking off leaving me stuck on board. I woke up literally right after that and was angry as hell!

-Blair waldorf 2016-08-19 15:56:31

I had a dream I was the pilot of a plane all I remember was being scared at first not knowing what to do with the handle put ended up successfully in the sky taking off

-loreta 2016-07-28 14:36:31

I dreamed of my husband leaving in a plane and not tellibg me his destination.

-Monica 2016-07-17 17:22:39

I have this crazy dream! I was outside with my 9 months baby in my arms looking at an airplane then the airplane turn up down and I was calling to my boyfriend so he can see it too, I was telling him: it going to fall, it going to fall! Then the airplane start landing in the front of our house!

-Oren Morton 2016-07-03 12:14:17

I had a dream of a single engine plane falling slowly, as almost it was intentional. It was behind my house in the garage access alley. It was rotating and I could see the pilot. Then I watched it hit the ground in slow motion. I immediately called 911 and told them I witnessed a plane crash. I could hear doubt in the dispatcher voice. Several minutes later I could see a lot of emergency vehicles about a quarter mile down the alley. I tried hollering for them, but they just continued packing up to leave.

-Toni 2016-06-27 20:20:25

Ive been having dreams about getting on a plane. It never takes off.

-Imal 2016-06-13 9:00:58

Hi, i dreamt of a big passenger airplane. It was flying right over head at a smooth speed that I could see the plane so new, fresh and shiny. It was a modern airplane with ordinary windows, but also on the lower sides lower front fronts had windows or glasses. The sun was shining on it softly as it was afternoon / few hours before sunset time.
I was lying down on a mattresses on the top or better said at the roof of a house. It was the kind of houses that has an open roof-last-floor, where you can use it as storage or drying laundry for instance. There were one more person near me and he was trying to make something work. I’m sure it was a lamp. He didn’t bother himself about the plane. He was just busy with the lamp. I guess it was my eldest brother or a cousins.
I felt kind of shy to be seen or looked at by the passengers. I was kind of hiding me from them. But I stirred enough at the plane. I couldn’t spot any passenger figures. The city seemed very modern with hight buildings. It seemed like the plane just took off from a close by airport.

During that time, i felt like i have just flew on an airplane and it was really fast. It was landing. I think it was dark. I felt not quite pleased. I was sitting by my self. I landed somewhere. It wasn’t so vivid.

After this, i found myself near a lake/beach or water, and there were sand. Near to that there were trees/forest. And in there i saw a relative kind of picnicking and his wife making food. Though, it doesn’t seems like a picnic.
Again, while i am at this place I look at the sky and look at a plane far away.

Recently, i have had some set backs in life. My girlfriend, who is with a child chose to leave me alone…

-Anemone 2016-06-01 17:06:43

I had a special dream last night: I was watching a video of a Flemish guy who was making promotion for his night club (situated on the countryside of Flanders) he was making promotion in 3 places in the Benelux (I live in Brussels myself and I’m Dutch). First in Belgium, after that in the Netherlands and after that in Luxembourg. When they were in Luxembourg I wasn’t watching the video anymore, I was actually in a forest in Luxembourg with the Flemish man and some other people I had not seen before. I remember a tall bald man with glasses, some people around my age (I’m 21) and some other adults. They were friends of the Flemish man. At first I thought they were from Luxembourg but they were also from Flanders. We started walking trough the forest and we came out on a field. Everything was calm but suddenly I heard a very loud noise and I suggested it came from the sky. I looked a the sky but it was completely blue and then I saw something like a zeppelin, after that it looked more like a spaceship and after that I saw that it was a huge airplane. The plane had dark blue stripes and the nose of the airplane started to tilt down slowly. I felt a lot of fear and the plane went straight down. When the plane crashed my dream ended.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-06-04 13:09:57

    Dear Anemone – Looking at a video is like experimenting with a part of you that promotes the idea of exploring this man and his “nightclub approaches” from different angles, but rather still as something outside of you.
    The next step of exploring can be seen in your dream too, when you find yourself in the forest with the “night club man” and some other people.
    Sounds in dreams are similar in impact to sounds we hear in waking. They carry information to you very directly. So you feel fear or pleasure depending on the sound. Therefore the important thing is to define what feeling reaction you have to the sound, and what information you gather from it.
    You can use to explore what your own dream figure thinks and feels when she sees the Zeppelin, the spaceship and the airplane.
    A zeppelin usually refers to sexual urges that threaten your intellectual stability.
    Feeling threatened by it probably made you decide to change it in your dream into a spaceship and then into a plane tilting down slowly until the idea you had about exploring your natural “nightclub feelings” crashed.
    See also and
    Anna 🙂

-An 2016-05-26 13:51:20

I had a dream…i was on a plane, midflight everyone breaks on into a stressfull state. The plane is on fire, i can see the flames. I am on the plane with my family. I become distressed and emotional. Everyone is saying it’s ok it’s under control but i fear the worst…and then i woke up! Before a crash before anything dramatic happend!
It was a short dream but it is sticking in my mind like you have no idea!
Help me interprate! Thank you 🙂

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