As we approach the longest holiday season of the year… I got to thinking “what do holidays (and other things we celebrate) and flying have in common?”
Yes, we can be thankful to live in the best country for GA flying ;)
Yes, we have more time off to fly! =)
Yes, we can ask Santa for that awesome headset we’ve been wanting :)
Does it help you if I show you this collage?
Uh huh! Several of the holiday “symbols” or “characters” fly =) Pretty awesome, right? Or maybe I’m just easily excited? That could be but I think it’s pretty cool that even holiday characters want to fly instead of doing anything else or using any other type of transportation.
Why is that? Why do they fly? Where they invented before or after the Wright Brothers’ first flight? Were their creators visionaries?
Well, I researched Halloween, the stork story, Santa, and the tooth fairy to see if I could find some answers:
Even 4th of July is normally associated with military jets, fly overs, freedom (and what better freedom do we have than being able to fly ourselves!), and other flying things (like rockets and fireworks).
Well, we know the Wright Brothers successfully piloted their first powered airplane in 1903. So, some of these characters were flying before it was even a feasible activity for our ancestors. Maybe their creators (like Santa's) were, in fact, visionaries; however, some of them are animals that can fly on their own power and witches could theoretically fly because of their "witch powers" and the hallucinogens they made and took.
But why did the creators choose animals that could fly versus animals that could not fly, for example? What made flying animals special? I really think it's because flying is magical. Human kind has been fascinated with flying for centuries. Let’s keep it that way!
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