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Write about what the word 'flight' means to you.
 
Flight is the process of flying. Man has become the dominant animal on Earth, but one thing singularly lacking among his abilities is to fly. He may have invented the nuclear bomb, built huge dams and tall skyscrapers but in the aspect of flight, he loses out even to the most humble insect like the housefly.

Most animals which fly have wings or a wing-like structure. When they spread these out and launch into flight, the wind catches these wing constructions they are flying Thus, we can witness the magnificent flight of the eagle as it soars over the ocean from its mountain nest or witness the nervous light fluttering of little sparrows as they escape into the sky at the sighting of a predator. On the other hand, we can witness the more clumsy flight of the flying foxes as they stretch their narrow folds of skin beneath their arms when they attempt to leap from tree to tree.

Suffice it to say that Nature has equipped winged creatures to escape from their predators by using their wings or having the vantage point of height to hunt for prey as the eagle or the owl does. This is a very superior advantage for a winged creature.

Since his early days on Earth, Man has always dreamed of being able to fly. The Greeks have the tale of the boy who attempted to fly by inventing wings attached to his arms. Unfortunately, the wax holding the wings melted when he flew too high and near to the Sun. His attempt at flying caused him to crash to Earth. The Chinese and Japanese expressed their urge to fly by inventing kites in the form of winged creatures or box-like contraptions. The Americans and Russians have tested each other in the battle for space supremacy by launching rockets or shuttles into space which navigate the vast unknown expanse of space.

The Wright brothers, after numerous failures, time and effort, finally succeeded in inventing the first airplane. Before that, pioneers were already strapping themselves into wing-life contraptions called gliders.

Since then, the airplane has improved by leaps and bounds. Airports are built from which jet-propelled engine aircraft traverse the world. Man has realized his dream to fly and explore any part of his world where his aircraft can reach. Besides exploring new lands and new civilizations, the explorers using flight like the early European navigators, fostered trade and established new colonies.

Having discovered the power of artificial means of flight, Man has brought new ideas and products to underdeveloped countries at a speed faster than using ships to navigate oceans. Currently, Man has flown using other artificial means like hot-air balloons or paragliding to survey his wonderful world from a height.

However, Man has also used evil in using flight to reach other lands. Fighter planes from Japan bombed America's Pearl Harbor and brought it into the World War. It only ended when American planes retaliated by dropping the atomic bomb onto Japanese cities. Widespread destruction and untold suffering occurred before Japan surrendered.

Thus, flight can be used by creatures, whether human or non-human, for different purposes. It is especially important for Man to realize his responsibilities since he has mastered flight.

     
suffice   be sufficient
     
vantage   position
     
contraptions   devices
 
 

 

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