The Power Of Flight

The power of flight has been part of mankind’s fascination throughout all of human history. I remember when I was very young that I would spend hours seated in the floor leafing through books about airplanes and flight in general. I was always especially drawn to the more exotic aircraft. DaVinci’s ornithopter was a particular favorite. I would study his drawings and try to memorize every line and curve of the craft. I tried to imagine how the pivot points would fit together and how the steering would function. I studied the works of those who came later and added hot air balloons and Zeppelin technology to the basic designs. Later I would Chuck Yeager’s biography about breaking the sound barrier for the first time. And there’s also the interview with a man who built an ultralight flyer that fit in a suitcase and escaped from East Berlin in it.

Today there’s the real possibility of the car in my driveway being replaced by a drone powerful enough to take me almost anywhere. (Nevermind that the Hiller Flying Platform and the Williams Wasp differed a similar technology decades ago) I’ve often commented to my wife that is such a shame that the best angles for certain photos were a hundred feet in air over the river. But the possibility of climbing aboard a quad-copter and shooting from the window is only a few steps away!

No matter what the future of flight holds in technology it will always bring romantic notions going where you want to when you want to. There will also be a crazy idea that with just a little tweaking will inspire the next generation of would be pilots who dream of having their very own wings.

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4 thoughts on “The Power Of Flight

  1. I would love to take photographs from the sky itself and not just from a plane, that sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun! I think I tried learning more about technological inventions when I was young but they were so detailed and technical that nothing registered. Weirdly, I tend to have an intuitive sense as to what to do when it comes to fixing things. So I may not be detail-oriented, but I can fix things and that’s pretty great too! 🙂

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    1. I was in Civil Air Patrol as a kid ( think boy scouts for airmen) I actually taught an aeronautics course when I was 13. ( straight out of book ) I was always fascinated with flight. Even today I want to build a Williams Wasp or Hiller Flying Platform. If I suddenly woke up rich tomorrow morning I would be trying to order a drone large enough to carry me by noon. 😊

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