Flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere (especially the air) or beyond it (as in the case of spaceflight), by generating aerodynamic lift, propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by ballistic movement, without direct support from any surface.
Many things fly, from natural aviators such as birds, bats and insects to human inventions such as missiles, aircraft such as airplanes, helicopters and balloons, to rockets such as spacecraft.
The engineering aspects of flight are studied in aerospace engineering which is subdivided into aeronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through the air, and astronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through space, and in ballistics, the study of the flight of projectiles.
Other articles related to "flight":
... The weekend after the accident, an unofficial FRC (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) search party found the camera, but could not find the film cartridge ... The electrical disturbance early in the flight degraded the overall effectiveness of the aircraft's control system and further added to pilot workload ... major recommendations install a telemetered heading indicator in the control room, visible to the flight controller and medically screen X-15 pilot candidates for ...
... X-15 Flight 3-65-97, also known as X-15 Flight 191, was a test flight of the North American X-15 experimental aircraft ...
... in the Western Range as a recovery ship in the Project Mercury orbital space flight of astronaut Walter Schirra after splashdown ... On 3 October, after a flawless flight, the carrier played her role in the Space Age by retrieving Schirra and his space capsule, Sigma 7, and returning him to ...
... Delta Air Lines Reported Incidents Flight Date Aircraft Location Description Casualties Fatal Serious Minor Uninjured Ground N/A April 22, 1947 DC-3 Columbus, Georgia A Vultee BT-13, owned by ... The flight which originated from Dallas Love Field was on approach to Shreveport, Louisiana ... The improper use of flight and power controls by both instructor and the Captain-trainee during a simulated two-engine out landing approach, resulted in the loss ...
... Additional hijackings which resulted in no injuries and the flight landing in Cuba include March 28, 1984 (Delta 357 New Orleans-Dallas 727), August 18, 1983 (Delta 784 Miami-Tampa 727), July 17 ... The flight was allowed to return with passengers to the U.S ... tire salesman from Pennsylvania, stormed aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 523, DC-9 flight at Baltimore Friendship Airport (now Baltimore/Washington International ...
Famous quotes containing the word flight:
“it pleaseth me when I see through the meadows
The tents and pavilions set up, and great joy have I
When I see oer the campana knights armed and horses arrayed.
And it pleaseth me when the scouts set in flight the folk with
And it pleaseth me when I see coming together after them an host of
—Bertrans De Born (fl. 12th century)
“Its shrill scream seems yet to linger in its throat, and the roar of the sea in its wings. There is the tyranny of Jove in its claws, and his wrath in the erectile feathers of the head and neck. It reminds me of the Argonautic expedition, and would inspire the dullest to take flight over Parnassus.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“One mans observation is another mans closed book or flight of fancy.”
—Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)