It is so often overlooked, the birds of the skies, the bees of the hive, and even the butterflies reflect aviation within themselves. Maybe, just maybe these seemingly small creatures have silently inspired mankind to fly. How have these creatures inspired me to fly?
"You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life."
Birds, butterflies, and bees all share one thing in common: they have wings that allow them to fly in the skies. The role of birds is so diverse that it is hard to mention them all. Some birds forage while others hunt for food. Secondly, butterflies gracefully propel their bodies through the sky with silk like wings. These creatures pollinate flowers to the world can have food. Bees have a crucial role in society. They pollinate flowers and keep the world spinning in a sense that everything has something to consume.
All of these creatures has their role, but what about as an aviator?
Most people do not associate these organisms as pioneers of flight. However, birds have been around since the beginning of time. The body of the bird has a sleek design that allows it to propel through the sky in a seemingly perfect manner. The wings of the birds have been perfectly 'cut' and designed in order to allow maximum airflow. These are a perfect example of aerodynamics at its finest. It is easy to compare the two together. A bird's body can be attributed to the fuselage of the plane. Of course the wings are the same thing as the wings of the airplane. It sounds odd, but the feet of the bird are just like the landing gear of the plane. It is so amazing how nature has created the perfect example of aerodynamics. Might I also add that that birds have two eyes, or a set of eyes. these can be likened to the two pilots in command of the aircraft. the cunning -yet sheer perfection of these birds have furthered the aviation industry. It seems as if aviation has always existed. It just took some brothers in order to further that movement. Thanks to the Wright brothers the industry is where it is today.
Butterflies are always something that I associate with the Boeing B747. Just the way the butterflies gracefully glide through the sky always reminds me of my all time favorite plane, the Boeing 747. This four engine plane -two under each wing- glides down ever so elegantly. Without a doubt, the butterfly has inspired the freedom of flight.
Nature is all around us, and that also means that aviation is all around us. Not very often do we associate these amazing creatures with aviation. With that being said, "always live your life with a set of eyes towards the sky, looking at the clouds that glide by, the planes that fly by, as well as the birds that do the same."
"Always live your life with a set of eyes towards the sky, looking at the clouds that glide by, the planes that fly by, as well as the birds that do the same."
My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.