As an aviator and a bird watcher, the video below brings together both elements ratherÂ poignantly for me.
It was an email sent from a retired military/airline guy which included the video. ItÂ features a fellow named Leonard Bonney who learned to fly back in the early days of aviation from none other than Orville Wright himself. Yet, it seems, Bonney had a better idea. “He dreamed of building an airplane with the grace and maneuverability of a seagull. He loved seagulls, so he studied and photographed them,” says the website containing the movie.
The airplane itself is a marvelÂ of design with aÂ elegant shape and a veryÂ bird-like wing. ButÂ the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Or in this case, in the flight test.
Sadly, Bonney did not surviveÂ his craft’s maiden flight.
Watch the regretful video here.