A recent Forbes "Asked & Answered" section interviewed Ray Bradbury. When discussing the fact that his fear of flying kept him from doing so until the age of 62, Bradbury said,
"My train going home was canceled, so I thought God was telling me, 'Fly dummy'. They gave me three double martinis and poured me into my seat." "Since then, I crossed the Atlantic something like 20 times on the Concorde, but the key to avoiding fear on that was to not look at the bill."