Our Fits to Fly

Dreaming of flying is fun. I did have one astral projection in which I flew. It felt so wonderful!

*Warning* this blog and some of the clips deal hard with death.

I was reading a blog by Joe C Combs 2 about the Hindenburg Disaster (click on his name for the post).  After watching that video, I did what I usually do – YouTube hop.  I found something that bothered me and intrigued me.  Then I realized it would make a descent post!

I am scared of heights.  People who have followed my blog for long know this.  I don’t care for water either, but I did learn to swim well and went to the pool often before my stroke.  However, other than large airplanes and video games, I don’t take to the air or high up well.  I have been in the St. Louis Arch, I have been on roofs 8-10 stories up, but I just don’t care for it.

So, I find a clip about a man who tried to invent a parachute to allow him to jump off the Eiffel Tower (see 1st clip).  His name was Franz Reichelt.

This man believed so much in what he was doing that he did the jump himself and died doing it.  How much did he want to fly?

Then, I see another one: Bird Man Jumps to death, Gerard Masselin, in 1963.

Here is another man who wanted to fly.  He wanted it so much, he died trying it.

Finally, I look for a third one.  This one doesn’t involve death, but, to watch it, makes you wonder how they could do this one at all.

Wing Suit Diving.  We have reached the point in our lives that, except for Superman’s way of doing things, we can fly.  What I don’t understand is the difference between the three clips.

In the first one, I do see all the bulk and the puffing out of the suit.  In the second one, this is all gone.  My problem is that I don’t see the full difference between the suit used in the 2nd clip and the ones used in the 3rd clip, except, of course, they work.

These new suits are simply amazing to me and, watching the people do this, this will be one easy way for me to enjoy flying.  The best way, however, and still a bit scary to me, is to jump off of mountains in my video games and climb down them or to walk across a very narrow bridge/pass or fight at the top of a scary height in a building or cave.  If none of that bothers you, I say “wonderful” for you.  It gives me a drop in my stomach that I have managed to learn to play through in games and in my dreams.

Okay, I used this video clip once before, but it seems really appropriate here.  For those of you who were not bothered at all by the preceding clips, here is one that, if you haven’t seen it (maybe if you have), it is, um, difficult to watch if heights bother you at all, and that has been agreed with by many.


How about you?  Do heights bother you?  Have you ever been sky diving or anything like it?  Wow!



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  • jmmcdowell  On May 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’m not particularly afraid of heights, but I’ve never understood the attraction of jumping from them,


  • thehappyhugger  On May 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I share your fear of heights. I must say that those two top videos are really sad. I have never sky dived and never will. Climbing a flight of stairs starts making my knees shake at the second floor already 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On May 8, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I can handle a couple of flights of stairs, so I am not certain exactly how high is too high. It also depends, for me, on how open it is when high and how guarded it is to fall off.


      • thehappyhugger  On May 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

        The worst thing is a flight of stairs where I can see through to the bottom…eeeek!


        • kindredspirit23  On May 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

          Yes, glass stairs would be horrible!
          I understand that the tall building the Chicago Tower has a glass floor that goes around the top and you can see way over 80 floors!


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