“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”

― J.M. Barrie

When you look at the sky, what can you see? When you see birds fly, what comes to your mind? When you feel the wind, what do you feel inside?

Flying equals freedom and peace. For some of us, whenever we feel troubled, we look up the sky. Seeing the blue-colored horizon fills our heart with warmth and joy. When we see birds in the sky, we find ourselves wishing to be as free and as peaceful as they are. When we feel the wind caressing our cheek, we wish that we could also fly.

Perhaps it is man’s intense desire to be as free and peaceful as the birds that inspired him to learn the art of flying. Man was not gifted with wings, but he possessed an intelligent mind to make his dreams come true. Just like how man made the dream of flying come true through aviation.

Aviation started as a simple wish for man to fly high like the birds in the sky. The history of aviation started in the earliest attempts of kites and gliders, and continued to advance throughout the years. Man’s imagination has taken him from flying a kite to actual flying in the sky.

Aviation has made a man’s dream come true. Finally, man was able to fly, but it didn’t stop there. Aviation now serves as one of the most powerful military forces, serving their fellowmen and their country, fighting to preserve freedom and peace.

What seemed to be an impossible dream hundreds of years ago had finally come to reality. And more than that dream, it has served a greater purpose. Aviation has truly made history over the years. Watch a tribute slide show of the Aviation History at http://www.faa.gov/about/history/celebration/media/LaGuardia%20Exhibit%20Album.pdf.

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