Wings in flight

I was pleased to see this week’s #frifotos* is all about wings. Whether in the metaphorical sense or the very tangible one, whether on birds or planes or on the back of my daughter’s angel costume, I love wings. Sometimes I even dream I have wings. And the line between dream and reality, well, who’s to say where that goes.

Wing is originally an Old Norse word, vængr. The Vikings no doubt thought of birds’ wings… and possibly the architectural term wing. And chances are good Vikings dreamt of flying, too.

Wings above the ocean where Vikings once sailed

Wings above the North Sea
Wings above the North Sea

But wings made of aluminium, titanium or carbon fibre were probably not on their mind. Wings that can lift a metal tube weighing up to 1.32 million pounds (Antonov Air’s An-225 Mriyas) into the air and sustain flight at dizzying heights.

Do you prefer aisle or window seats? I choose window, as I like looking out. If I’m lucky, skies are clear. On a crisp winter day (or night) up here in the Nordics, the air is sometimes so clear, that even though I’m 10 000 metres above ground, I can follow along from city to city all the way home.

Taking off at Kuwait

Much toastier is the desert of Kuwait, seen above. The desert haze was visible through the plane window, but too subtle to be captured on camera.

Landing in Bahrain

In the little island nation Bahrain, the desert meets the sea in the Persian Gulf – or Arabian Gulf, as it is called here.

Finally, my favourite: sun setting above the mountains of the Caucasus:

Sunset above the Caucasus

How do you while away hours in the air?

*#FriFotos is a weekly Twitter chat where travellers share their favourite photos. Each week has a theme. Search #FriFotos on Twitter to see more or to join.

21 Responses to “Wings in flight”

  1. Salika Jay 20 September 2013 1527 #

    Vikings probably dreamt of flying. Kuwait and Bahrain photos are really nice.
    Salika Jay recently posted..Top Hotels In Dubai To Pamper Yourself

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 September 2013 0230 #

      I think they did, too :)

  2. Marcia 21 September 2013 1508 #

    Wonder what dreaming about wings mean?
    I like the window, especially for the view. I take photos of the ground below, the clouds, sometimes the wings as well.
    Great shots, Sophie. Like the contrast of the softness of the sunset and the hard angle of the wing. Is that really a wing?
    Marcia recently posted..The Monkey Jar

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 September 2013 0232 #

      It really is, winglet ‘n all.

  3. Mette 21 September 2013 1602 #

    I love reading so it is absolutely no problem to be locked up in an aircraft for hours.
    Mette recently posted..Salad with pears

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 September 2013 0233 #

      Probably the sensible way to do it…

  4. Andrea 22 September 2013 1744 #

    I always enjoy gazing out the window when I’m in the air…
    Andrea recently posted..A Day In Boston Photo Essay (Part Two)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 September 2013 0234 #

      Me, too.

  5. Neva Fels 22 September 2013 1846 #

    I love flying during a sunrise. It gives a different aspect of the world with the sun on the horizon. Interesting comments about the Viking translation, since I just posted pictures of a little boy wearing a Viking costume.
    Neva Fels recently posted..A ferocious, but nice Viking named Hiccup

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 September 2013 0235 #

      Can’t get by those Vikings :)

  6. John Martin 23 September 2013 0926 #

    Article about wings, thats unusual..

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 29 September 2013 2023 #

      I like unusual :)

  7. acrosstheneversky 23 September 2013 1934 #

    Definitely I prefer window seat. One of my favorites was flying over Kabul, and another was seeing the sun rise over the Gulf. But the #1 view, in my opinion, is the Himalayans of Nepal, as they are of the same height as the plane!
    acrosstheneversky recently posted..Ambassadors from Another Time

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 29 September 2013 2024 #

      Ooh yes, I remember flying into Kathmandu. Felt like I could reach out and touch the mountain sides. Kabul would be very interesting.

  8. Ferrial Pondrafi 24 September 2013 0427 #

    what a such beautiful view. somehow, it reminds me to the song from Neutral Milk Hotel ‘In The Aeroplane Over the Sea’
    Ferrial Pondrafi recently posted..Villa Pagi Siang Sore

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 29 September 2013 2025 #

      Haven’t heard that song. Will find it and have a listen…

  9. Jeff 24 September 2013 1004 #

    I like to sit beside a window to view the ground below me.
    Jeff recently posted..Maximize Your Vacation by Choosing the Right Flight Schedule

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 29 September 2013 2025 #

      Me, too.

  10. Mike 26 September 2013 0050 #

    I absolutely loved this post, Sophie!! I actually have flown in several years now but I grew up with as my dad was a private pilot. On the commercial flights I always want a window seat. And one of my favorites was just like you mentioned flying at night – and watching each city pass by with their lights shining! :)
    Mike recently posted..My Golden Retriever, Phoenix, His Dream Come True Meal

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 29 September 2013 2025 #

      Isn’t that just the greatest…

  11. Sally 23 October 2013 0805 #

    Lovely pictures! I usually drug myself with PM cold medicine and pass the hours in an unconscious stupor hahaha. But for shorter flights, I like books. :)
    Sally recently posted..White & Pretty in South Korea

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