posted on Feb, 28 2012 @ 02:58 PM
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Agarta
I suppose you would say that the space shuttle didn't fly either.
Semantically speaking, the space shuttle doesn't fly, nor does it glide. Rather the shuttle re-enters the atmosphere and lands through a
"controlled fall." As you stated, a glider can potentially stay in the air for hours, potentially days, climbing and falling for as long as one can
find the air currents and updrafts to remain in flight... or has the endurance to keep it up.
While jets, helicopters, and airplanes use engines to battle the effects of gravity, gliders fly by balancing the forces of gravity, lift, drag, and
thrust, as I'm sure you know as a hang glider yourself.
In a sense, gliders are more about "pure flight" than engine powered flying vehicles.
The shuttle, however, can't achieve either of powered flight nor can it glide. It basically falls, steadily the moment it enters the atmosphere
until the moment it touches down. The shuttle is closer to the way the lizard in the op, and "flying" squirrels move about. They can't stay in
the air like a glider, nor can they battle gravity by their own propulsion, they leap and manage a "controlled fall."
To the OP: Beautiful specimen. Hopefully we can take a few pictures, watch them for a bit, and then leave them alone to live in peace. I can
imagine there may, at some time, have been similar animals but larger that could've given rise to the ancient tales of dragons.