Comedian Steven Wright once said that he’s not afraid of heights, but he is afraid of widths. Oddly enough, many pilots also have a skewed perspective when it comes to dimensions.
I have no scientific evidence to prove it, but an unusually high percentage of pilots I know are afraid of heights. They, however, draw a distinction between being on board an aircraft and, as Alfred Hitchcock would have it, dangling off Mount Rushmore.
All it takes to keep the phobia at bay is a cocoon made of thin-gauge aluminum or treated fabric and some plexiglass. Never mind the fact that the cocoon might be moving at 150 knots.
What’s really interesting–and fairly unsettling–is if you’ve ever been on a formation flight and seen how much airplanes will twist in the air. Sea creatures do the same in the water, of course, so think of it as a sign of strength. But I just wonder if any of them are afraid of depths.
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