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
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
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.