National Geographic : 1925 Mar
266 THE rATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © Aerofilms, Ltd. ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, LOOKING WEST DOWN LUDGATE HILL: LONDON The beauty in proportion and perspective of many "great public buildings is not truly appreci- ated until they have been seen from the air. aerodrome for our take-off into the wind. sudden, engulfing, devastating roar, as the throttles 0 f both engines were fully advanced, control wheel well for- ward to raise the tail of the plane, and we began to roll swi ftly ahead, gather- ing fresh momentum with each fleeting instant. THE AIRPLANE IS A MAGIC CARPET BEAR- ING ONE THROUGH THE SKIES One is scarcely conscious of the actual moment of leaving the ground until the absence of further jolting and the slight hillowing effect, as the wings cushion in the warm air. make one realize with a peculiar thrill that he is off at last on his great adventure. The near-by hangars. trees, and hedges flash by the wing tips in a blur; then the ground seems to be wafted gently downward and the whole sweep of the surrounding countryside comes into view as the pilot zooms to a higher altitude. There is no sense of dizziness, no sud- den feeling that the solid earth is desert- ing the feet; just a growing sense of release. a feeling of age-old restraints cast off, like a sigh of relief from the soul. But the emotion of cross-country flight must be experienced to be appreciated. Like the taste of fresh oliyes. it defies de- scription. There is a sense of exhIlaration and freedom invoked by the spectacle of green hills and dales streaming rapidly away beneath. as one floats ahove with littl~ realization of his own motion. save the knowledge that the checkered farm land just below in a brief space of time will be fading into an indistinct horizon far behind. Some remote atavistic instinct is stirred at this sudden break with accustomed limitations. flooding one's soul with a new spirit of power and importance, as his magic carpet bears him swi ftly through the sky.