The Mystery of Flight: How We Do That?


Since the beginning of time mankind has dreamed about flight. As tribal savages flopping about in the mud, we looked up at the birds of the world with amazement, and bitter jealousy. How could they do it? Why could they do it and we couldn’t? Is God really a fair God? All these questions would be answered as mankind developed agriculture and had time to sit around and do nothing but think of ways to fly. The earliest records show that the first attempts at flight were simply jumping off of high surfaces with high hopes. As centuries went on and we ate more meat, our brains grew stronger and the concept of human flight grew more refined. Image result for jealous of birds

The basic principles of mechanical flight were refined roughly a century ago ( nobody is exactly sure when ) by the Wright Brothers who stole the designs from their mom, I think. By now, planes are taken for granted as we spread our legs out, lean our seats back and complain about peanut quality as we rocket through the air at 590 mph. Flying is a pop culture staple at this point, yet most of us really have no idea how flying works. Let’s look at the key components of flight in this article. I mean, after all…flying is science, not magic. We can figure this out.

Jet Engines

One thing required for flight are jet engines. Without them, one can never hope to leave the iron grip of Earth’s gravity. An important thing about jet engines is that they’re really loud. Like, really, really loud. I spoke with Dr. Mikal Schieber at JPL to get to the bottom of this connection with loud noise and flight. “Well, they keep us working in compartmentalized stations, so we can’t communicate with other labs. Myself, I work in the Volume increasing dept. I don’t know why, because everything here is so damn top secret, but my projects are only to make the engines louder. When I turn in a spec report with decibel readings I usually get an email back from my supervisor that simply says ‘LOUDER'” Now, although Mikal’s supervisors keep his work shrouded in mystery, we can definitely draw the conclusion that without loud engines, flight would not be possible. As a scientist, I can postulate that it probably has something to to with super sonic things.


As you look around nature, at flying things in particular obviously, you will see one very common trait among them; Wings. If you want to fly, you need wings. Good quality wings, not some Icarus nonsense. Okay, great, but how do wings work? What is it about the shape or movement of a wing that encourages flight? Well, let’s examine the information I received from an anonymous researcher at the Pentagon ( yeah, I got friends in high places, comes with being a scientist ). Wings work with, or against air flow ( I can’t remember now, he wouldn’t let me take notes ) by changing it up. You can angle your wings or flap your wings in an almost infinite variety of ways to achieve, not only flight, but cool Blue Angel’s like maneuvers while in flight.

Well, gang. Looks like we solved another scientific mystery. Remember, you can fly too.  All you need are engines and wings. Rev up those engines and flap away!

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