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man and the machine

Posted in artifacts, events, lifestyle, locales, people, sports, technology, travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by mijodo

the seduction of flight

In Greek mythology, Icarus was so obsessed with flying that he created wings for himself.  Eventually he made the leap off a cliff and flapped his wings. He was able to fly and enjoy his freedom until the sun singed the feathers of his wings. Eventually the whole wings burned. And Icarus perished at the end.

Despite the possibility of injurious accidents and fatal mishaps, people  have been seduced in creating technology which can  fly them out in a distance, either as a mode of transportation or just a form of fun and recreation. 

And in the recent Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark (,https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/full-of-hot-air/),  the event showcased, not only hot air balloons, but  all other variations of machines and contraptions which propel people to fly and undulate in the air – from the traditional skydiving to the more sophisticated paragliding using ultralights. The crowd admired  how man and the machine maneuvered and created stunts several hundred feet above.  Some would do tandem choreography; some would do death defying freefalls.

In the same event, there was a display of  aircrafts which many have been most important to the commerce and military in our nation building.  There one could ogle at the sleek Dornier Jet Aircraft which is being used by some to transport  tourists from one island to another here in the Philippines .  In another part of the strip, inside the hangar, there was the F5-A aircraft which has been used by our elite  Blue Diamond Squad, the air demonstration unit of the Philippine Air Force.

It was not necessary that a particular flying machine be a vehicle for transportation for people to enjoy . During the festival, there were several men who had  amorous relationships with their remote controlled planes. Vicariously, people still got the intense rush of flying when seeing planes sped up and did some sommersaults . Of course, one can simply be entertained by young girls and boys fly the different sizes and forms of  kites tugged by the wind.  In true manner, obviously, the death of Icarus never made a dent on the continuing romance between man and the flying machine.

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full of hot air

Posted in artifacts, events, lifestyle, locales, people, technology with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by mijodo

 

almost in choreograph fashion

It was said during this time, the r&b group Fifth Dimension would croon its iconic song “Up Up and Away” through the loud speakers, signalling some success. But not this time, after all, there were no “beautiful balloons,” up in the air.

It was the first late afternoon of this year’s  Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.  And the event has been running for some years now at Clark Field, particularly near the 410 hangar. But since the wind was a little strong at more than five knots, the scheduled flight of the ballons (which by the way have been the first in history to successfully carry  humans in flight) had to be cancelled altogether.  People who had earlier tried to set up the ballons to take flight were now just packing up the envelope (balloon). There was too much effort for nothing. But then it was better to be on the cautious side.

The following morning, the second day of the air show festival, at about six when it was still a tad dark,  the wind was now at two to three knots, perfect for balloon flights.  Envelopes together with the baskets, usually in wicker , were placed distanced apart on the dry grassy field.  On each balloon, people were busy preparing for the lifts, creating some episodic flames toward the envelopes. One could see different balloons take forms and shapes.  Some would carry out the traditional  parabola in rainbow colors. Others were sponsored by various companies thus balloons took forms  of coffee mugs or cola bottles to promote their products. And at times some were animals such as an elephant and a tiger.

From starting  flaccid to being half erect, the hot air balloons were ready to sail away through the clouds. One by one, each balloon punctured the skies. The now bigger crowd appreciated the majesty and the magnificence of each balloon that slowly floated away, almost in choreographic fashion. Mesmerized by the whole new vista, the people were excitedly taking pictures and the vidoes of the balloons.  The luckier ones had the chance riding in the gondolas. Of course they had to shell out 150 dollars for the  novel experience.

Throughout, the speakers were churning out 1980s new wave music, not exactly the popular and maybe, cheesy Fifth Dimension ditty. But just the same, it was likely that people’s hearts and minds were humming “up, up and away, my beautiful, my beautiful balloon…”