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It's hard to imagine that about 182 years ago a man made a glider and took to the skies.

It has been a brief time in human history since the days of the first man made flight. First without an engine, as a glider, then not too much longer after that, the steam engine. It has been little over a century since the first man risked life and limb to challenge gravity.

I was very young with I had my first dream of flying. I dreamed of flying like a bird over houses and even flew, in my dream, up in the clouds. To be honest, I am quite afraid of high places. I can't imagine ever flying in a commercial jet, but had once an offer to fly in a private plane. The man who offered me a day in the sky was a retired Air Force pilot. Germany was his family's origin. Interesting that the Germans were first to fly or rather, glide. There is much to be inspired by the man who was a true pioneer of heavier than air human flight. His name was Otto Lilienthal, born in 1836, and below is a link to a Wikipedia article about him and his quest for flight. Enjoy!

Otto Lilienthal - Read More from Wikipedia online.

You may enjoy the book entitled: PICTURE HISTORY OF EARLY AVIATION , 1903-1913 - BY Joshua Stoff - with 307 Illustrations. For more information on this particular book from Google Books. GO HERE

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MegL wrote on June 7, 2018, 2:53 AM

A real pioneering time. I wonder if they ever realised that people would be jetting about the world less than 100 years later.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 7, 2018, 4:54 PM

I think that if not for the few dreamers, the people who can actually think beyond current limits, we would still be living in the the stone age.

MegL wrote on June 7, 2018, 5:31 PM

You are probably right. I heard a very good explanation the other day about different dimensions. The scientist first described a large cruise liner, going through the Suez canal (or Panama canal if you prefer). The liner is so big that it can move only in a straight line along the canal. The passengers see no deviation from the line of the canal. This is one-dimensional. Next, she described a motorboat travelling along the Suez canal. This is a lot smaller, so could zig zag from side to side within the canal. The passengers would see movement from side to side as well as in a straight line. This would be two-dimensional. Next, she spoke of a submarine in the Suez canal. This could also go up and down as well as side to side and this represented 3-dimensional. She didn't add any other analogies for higher dimensions but I got the gist of what she was saying.
It is the dreamers who can think of new things and the explainers who can describe these to us in language we can understand that help move us forward. Of course, some new things are NOT useful. I am thinking here of bombs and warfare!

VinceSummers wrote on June 7, 2018, 10:07 PM

Yes, I have an educational cartoon about the Wright Brothers that discusses his death while attempting to fly. I recognized the photo instantly.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 9, 2018, 10:18 PM

I was able to get that photo from Wikimedia Commons. The same photo is printed in the book I am reading.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 9, 2018, 10:19 PM

Yes, indeed. Bombs and warfare are totally useless!