In one of the discussions below, we were talking about "flying like a bird." I have always said that people come into aviation for two reasons, 1) for the freedom and exhilaration of 3D motion like a bird and 2) because they love the engines and noise and wonder of those amazing flying machines.
For me, I wasn't the kid who watched airplanes and knew every model, I was the kid who watched birds and longed to be free like that. How about you? Were you attracted most to the amazing flying machines or the idea of free-flying?