Traverse Bay area during
Autumn '06 from Skyhawk N52267
Considered as a sport, flying possesses
attractions which will appeal to many persons with a force beyond that
exercised by any of the similar sports, such as boating, cycling, or automobiling.
There is a sense of exhilaration in flying through the free air, an intensity
of enjoyment, which possibly may be due to the satisfaction of an inborn
longing transmitted to us from the days when our early ancestors gazed
wonderingly at the free flight of birds and contrasted it with their own
slow and toilsome progress through the unbroken wilderness. . . .
Once above the tree tops, the narrow
roads no longer arbitrarily fix the course. The earth is spread out
before the eye with a richness of color and beauty of pattern never imagined
by those who have gazed at the landscape edgewise only. The view
of the ordinary traveler is as inadequate as that of an ant crawling over
a magnificent rug. The rich brown of freshly-turn earth, the lighter
shades of dry ground, the still lighter browns and yellows of ripening
crops, the almost innumerable shades of green produced by grasses and forests,
together present a sight whose beauty has been confined to balloonists
alone in the past. With the coming of the flyer, the pleasures of
ballooning are joined with those of automobiling to form a supreme combination.
Wilbur Wright, Scientific
American February 1908
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