THE FLYING MACHINE: AMERICA 1948 A.D.

ADAPTED FROM THE WORKS OF THE WANDERLING

PRESENTED BY
the Wanderling


"It was only a short time after returning from the desert during the summer and just before school started that I, at around age 10 or so, removed the flying machine my uncle and I built from the hanging position of it's construction lair and hauled it up to the rooftop of the second story building across the street. Then, holding onto the machine for dear life, I jumped off.

"At first the craft seemed easily able to maintain the same two-story height advantage over quite some distance. But then, partway into the flight, instead of continuing in the direction I wanted, it began tipping lower on the right and turning. Without ailerons or maneuverable rudder controls and with inexperienced over-correcting on my part creating an adverse yaw followed by a sudden stall, the ensuing results ended with a somewhat dramatic drop, crashing into the porch and partway through the front windows of the house diagonally across the way."

THE WANDERLING AND HIS UNCLE: Their Life and Times Together





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THE WANDERLING'S FIRST FLIGHT USED A TYPE IX LILIENTHAL DESIGN, ENDING SAME AS LILIENTHAL'S ABOVE AND DA VINCI'S



"It was only a short time after returning from the desert during the summer and just before school started that I, at around age 10 or so, removed the flying machine my uncle and I built from the hanging position of it's construction lair and hauled it up to the rooftop of the second story building across the street. Then, holding onto the machine for dear life, I jumped off."


No sooner had school let out for the summer of 1948 than my uncle and I took off resuming our travels in the desert southwest, not really returning for any length of time on a permanent basis until towards the end of summer. Going back over time comparing events and such I've narrowed the date of my unauthorized or not known to my uncle flight down to two weekends, August 21-22 or 28-29, 1948. At the time, specific dates didn't carry as much weight for me in real life as much as having a chance to slip past my uncle, and without asking, override any possible outright no's or potential misgivings my uncle may have have carried within himself about me actually attempting a flight in the machine after I got back. The truth is I was tired of waiting and was spurred on to fly the machine primarily because of a story I read that summer in a Batman comic.

The story, titled "The Batman History Forgot," circled around Batman and Robin traveling into the past where they meet up with Leonardo Da Vinci and together, using his flying machine, fight corruption in 1499 .AD. Milan, Italy. The story was published in the #46 April-May 1948 issue of Batman, meaning it was available for purchase just weeks before school let out for the summer of 1948. In so saying, I picked up a copy and carried it with me throughout the whole summer reading it over and over every chance I got. By the time I returned home near the end summer just before school started, the story had become so ingrained in me about Da Vinci actually successfully flying his machine as opposed to the results found in "500 Years Too Soon" that I figured the first chance I got nothing was going to stop me from launching the machine and doing the same.


THE BATMAN AND LEONARDO DA VINCI, BATMAN COMICS, APRIL-MAY 1948 ISSUE #46
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SO, DID THE WANDERLING FLY?

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THE END


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