Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bird or Machine?

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.

Agree? Disagree?

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?

If you're not a pilot, do either of these two elements attract you?


  1. My interest is in getting somewhere - either a vantage point in the sky, or a cross-country trip away, and a plane can make the world smaller that way.

  2. Hmmmm.... first off, good morning! Now, as a kid, I started wondering how awesome it would be to fly like a bird, didn't we all? ;o) Then, once I was able to fly in a small plane... I was totally hooked and then I began memorizing the models and types. Then of course, I began my lessons when I could. I did a get a head start since my Dad had his first Cessna. Now that my Dad has left us, when I go up, I am flying with him... and yes, I still thoroughly enjoy watching birds in flight.

  3. Of course, it doesn't have to be either/or. Although I love the bird concept, I also respond viscerally to the sound of a big rotary engine or the sight of Grumman Goose.
    And I love the whole concept of getting there without having to share a crowded road with a bunch of bad drivers. I guess that is why aviation is so addictive - it meets so many needs.


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