All pilots dream of taking instant flight, the way that any bird can rise into the air without hesitation.

The reality is that you don’t just hop into an airplane and take off like you’re one of the Duke boys jumping into the General Lee.

There’s a lot that needs to happen before it’s prudent to leave the ground.

The pre-flight is the last step before departure. It involves the physical examination of the plane. The list isn’t short but it’s manageable.

Every time I see an animal with wings, my longing for that ability rises.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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