Human beings have been fascinated by flight, since we first observed birds and insects soaring through the air and wondered how they do it.
Now, we have our own way of flying, thousands of feet above the ground in a complex piece of machinery. But we haven't lost our curiosity about flight, nor our love for it.
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While at the Farnborough International Airshow Trace Dominguez got to ask some aeronautics experts why they think humans are so obsessed with flying. Randy Tinseth, VP of Marketing at Boeing, told Trace he thinks it's because flying is magical.
"I think there is a pretty special thing, a magic about flying. Think about it, flying 35,00, 40,000 feet at 600 mph. Connecting any two places on the globe. Flying has really opened up what we can do, what we can experience. It's opened up business. It's really changed the world," he said.
There's also more to flight than wanting to experience it -- many people just want to witness it as well. Standing on the ground, head tilted towards the sky, thousands of people gather at air shows like Farnborough just to watch airplanes streaking across the sky. We've been flying for over a century but it's still quite an incredible thing.
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Wondering about the possibilities of aeronautics technology is a big part of the draw as well. Where can we go next? How far will flight take us? Something that humans never thought would be possible is now a reality and is easily accessible to billions of people around the world.
Jeremy VanDomelen, Executive Director of MilAeroGeek, told Trace he believes our obsession with flying actually comes from a very primal place. "I think it's a very primal instinct. Ever since the dawn of man we've looked at birds and wondered how they fly. And finally we were able to build those machines to get up there. I think it's just that feeling, we dream of flying. I think that's what drives it," he said.
With airplanes, there's so much to be fascinated by. There's the history of flight, the future of aeronautics technology, and then there's what's happening everyday, right before our eyes.
-- Molly Fosco