Flying (part #1)

Orville Wright is at the controls of the Flyer as his brother Wilbur, stands nearby during the plane's first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., December 17, 1903. (AP Photo/John T. Daniels)

Orville Wright is at the controls of the Flyer as his brother Wilbur, stands nearby during the plane's first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., December 17, 1903. (AP Photo/John T. Daniels)

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For centuries man has been inspired by birds and butterflies, dreaming of taking flight. But why? What is it about flying that enraptures us? And The Winner Is... presents Part One of Marilyn Powell's award winning series about flying.

According to Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, "the Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together."

Since the Wright Brothers' first successfully piloted flight on December 17, 1903, the world has indeed become smaller, with more of our experiences shared as global experiences.

Flying enables us to move people and products more efficiently. We use airplanes and helicopters in combat and to monitor security from above. Through flight we can visit remote places, quickly transfer organs for transplant, not to mention the mundane things like providing traffic reports. Flight has changed our world, and flying has long been the dream of man.

This documentary on Flying, produced by Marilyn Powell, first aired on the CBC Radio program IDEAS and was a winner of the Major Armstrong Award.

 

 

 

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