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The Dawn Of Flight

Humans have no doubt dreamed of flight since the earliest times simply by watching birds, and imagining themselves to, if not flying like birds, perhaps flying with the birds. The illustration below shows an actual ancient carving that portrays dreams of flight, but in a very curious way. Although the "bird" obviously has feathers, the leading edges of the wings seem rigid like metal wings of a modern-day aircraft. It has wheels for feet, and the passenger, or pilot, seems not be holding reins, or something similar, as would be expected to be used to guide a living creature, but rather seems to be holding a mechanical control wheel, or yoke. Considering that the carving is nearly 3,000 years old, it seems at the very least to have anticipated modern flying machines very well.

Ancient Flight

Ezekiel's encounter with "the living creatures"

The ancient Israelites encountered "flying creatures" that were very real, not products of their imagination. An example from Ezekiel:

"As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels." (Ezekiel 1:18-21 KJV)

The "creatures" also seemed to make very aircraft-like sounds upon "takeoff":

"And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings." (Ezekiel 1:24-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: What were the winged creatures that Ezekiel saw?
Ezekiel 10:15

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