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Flight is a Fascinating Subject for me

While I’ve flown little, I’ve been fascinated by airplanes since I was a child. I remember watching planes fly over our farm as I hoed tobacco or picked beans in the hot summer sun. Looking up into the blue sky and dreaming of flying, transported me in my imagination to far-away lands and adventures.
Until my Army service I had never been a passenger in an airplane. My first experience in air travel came when I was inducted into the Army and I was shipped from Knoxville to Fort Benning, Georgia. That flight was pretty rough. In a matter of days I found myself in Fort Gordon, Georgia for basic training. Two months later I wound up stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, which was and continues to be a transportation post.
I trained in loading and unloading various types of vehicles including planes, ships and trains. The training also entailed flying on cargo planes. I remember one incident at Langley Field near Hampton, Virginia, in about 1962 when we had loaded a C-130 Hercules and were flying over the Atlantic Ocean and one of the engines conked out. I believe they said it was a fuel line malfunction. Everything turned out all right. Upon returning to the runway, fire trucks and rescue units greeted us but the landing went well.
As I mentioned before, airplanes and flight are very interesting to me. I enjoy visiting airports to watch the airplanes land and take off. How a huge loaded machine such as a propeller driven cargo plane or a modern jet airliner can leave terra firma, seem to float through the air until it reaches its destination, and land safely is indeed a wonder. Now, I’ve studied or read about Bernoulli’s principal and how air traveling over a wing creates less pressure on the bottom of the wing to enable the plane to fly. That’s the scientific explanation but it’s still a wonder to me.
Of course we owe modern flight to several adventurous men and women who with curiosity and daring tamed the sky and brought about the airplanes and airlines of today. I suppose the most famous men in the history of flight are brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. They have been recognized as being the first to achieve a successful, powered, piloted flight in history. One of their flyers piloted by Orville stayed aloft 12 seconds in 1903, and in 1904 Wilbur achieved a flight of five minutes. Those achievements occurred at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Charles Lindbergh completed a flight from New York to Paris, France on May 20, 1927 and he achieved great fame during his life. He was born February 4, 1902 in Detroit and died of cancer on August 26, 1974.
While there were many heroes of flight, one woman stands out among them: Amelia Earhart. She was born in 1898 and disappeared en route to Howland Island July 2, 1937 during a round-the-world flight attempt. In 1932 she was the first woman to pilot a plane across the ocean. Her actions inspired other women to follow their dreams.
The Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart are just three of the people who were pioneers in the aviation industry. There were many more. Their work and bravery helped bring aviation to what it is today — remarkable indeed.