Sunday, April 5, 2009

Getting airborne (on a scale sort of way)

The ability to fly have been a long envied feature of birds. Since the early days of the history of mankind, there have been the ambition to fly like a bird. The same way the conquest for new lands and the seas have been seeked and achieved by people (both for political reasons and for the bare survival), the skies have also been one of the goals of humanity. While many have envisioned and prototyped flying machines (going back to the time of Leonardo Da Vinci), only during the the 20'th century this dream was fully achieved, with the Wright Brothers having created in 1903 the first controlled powered flight. The war effort strongly stimulated the development of this new, efficient way for people to move, control, watch and dominate the territories.