By Daryl Gungadoo
Today’s modern commercial airplanes are very comfortable to fly in. The latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350 represents great improvements in flight, from the fuel-efficient engines to the shape of the wings and even the material the plane is made of. The engineers who design those new airplanes constantly study birds, and make airplanes in the image of birds.
God made us in His image. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
It’s a big deal to be made “in the image of God.” When He made us He gave us the ability to study things like the airplane designers do. We can use our own creativity to make amazing things too.
Why don’t you try being a designer? Turn to page 5 (download issue as a PDF here). Follow the instructions and turn a piece of paper into an airplane. There are two designs. Which one goes farther?
Flying fish have been known to glide hundreds of feet [meters] thanks to enlarged fins that act like wings.
While some creatures can glide (certain frogs, ants, squirrels, lizards, snakes, and lemurs), bats are the only mammals that can fly.
Most animals have to “fall” to fly.
There are five known species of “flying” snakes found mainly in Southeast Asia. As they glide from branch to branch, they expand their ribs so their body width doubles.