Flying Above | San Francisco - Las Vegas

© Sophie W. Smith

Joined October 2012

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Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft. The word “aviation” was coined by French writer and former naval officer Gabriel La Landelle in 1873, from the verb “avier” (synonymous flying), itself derived from the Latin word “avis” (“bird”) and the suffix “-ation”.

There are early legends of human flight such as the story of Icarus in Greek myth and Jamshid in Persian myth, and later, somewhat more credible claims of short-distance human flights appear, such as the flying automaton of Archytas of Tarentum (428–347 BC), the winged flights of Abbas Ibn Firnas (810–887), Eilmer of Malmesbury (11th century), and the hot-air Passarola of Bartholomeu Lourenço de Gusmão (1685–1724). Read more

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