No matter where you live, who you are, you always look up at the sky when a plane passes by. It’s an instinctive attraction. The moment one hears the sound of a plane, the head turns automatically.
But there is more logic to this primal attraction for flight.
Since we don’t have wings, we can go only where the land takes us. This limits our movement to an effectively two-dimensional surface ie. you can go north, south, east and west on a map.. but you can’t go up without climbing something.
So you see, we’re free to move anywhere on the land but there’s a huge upward ceiling to that freedom called the sky. It is like we’re trapped in this box. And any trapped animal craves solely to climb out of the trap. This primal instinct is responsible for our attraction towards flight.
What flying means to me?
To me, it is the ultimate freedom. If I had wings, I could soar above the clouds to avoid the shitty weather down below. I could get to mountain peaks with half the effort I have to put in when I hike. And besides all that, the ethereal views I could see, the silence I could treat my ears to – being in the sky is like nirvana. And it is my ultimate ambition to fly – with wings or in a plane, I don’t care which – I just want to feel the wind.
There are only a few things more dangerous than the dive of a Falcon. The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird attaining maximum dive speeds of up to 180mph ie. 288 kph – the speed of an average sportscar.
A Falcon flys at high elevation. It has highly advanced eyes that can spot a prey from such heights. After it has locked on to a potential prey, it dives towards it from a great height. During the dive, it huddles up its wings closer to its body. This helps decrease the force of the resisting air. As it is falling, its velocity keeps on increasing up to the point where it cannot go any faster. This situation is more dangerous than it seems thrilling.
Any slight and sudden movement can send the Falcon spiraling out of control. And if anything interrupts the dive, at that speed the Falcon cannot open its wings to avoid the obstacle. This is because opening of the wings at that speed will cause the tremendous pressure of air to rupture the wings. The Falcon must slow down before he can open his wings again.
So the Falcon is falling towards the ground at a great speed. Any movement can send it out of control and yet if it doesn’t make fast enough movements, it will miss its mark or worse yet, suffer a fatal impact. This is for me the most dangerous Deadlock.