Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Jun 10, 2008
An Altitude Problem
A few years ago, a couple of adventurers tried to become the first to circle the globe in a hot air balloon.
They took off from St. Louis, Missouri, rose to 24,000 feet, and started eastward across the Atlantic Ocean toward Africa.
The prevailing winds carried the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 11, 2007
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big
"Don’t have a bad attitude
Or you’re not gonna have the aptitude
To get a higher
Contributed by Todd Catteau on Feb 11, 2009
What happens when a pilot experiences turbulence? He tries to find a different altitude. He tries to find a solution. The same must be done in our marriages. When we’re experiencing turbulence we need to seek solutions. Find help. The
Contributed by Bruce Ritter on Feb 2, 2008
hile parachuting of any kind is risky, the incoming fire of a fortified enemy, raises the danger profile for any special forces mission seeking to get behind enemy lines. Not only does a paratrooper become an easy target, but the sound of the aircraft would also alert the enemy.
HALO stands for
Contributed by Nigel Heath on Mar 25, 2010
THE BALLOON AND THE BALLAST
We need a balance between the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Imagine launching a helium balloon with no ballast. It would just up and away and finally burst when it reaches an altitude where the air is so thin that it cannot rise higher. It needs ballast--something
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 27, 2010
REPEAT AFTER ME
A pilot was flying a plane-load of passengers to their destination when suddenly the rudder malfunctioned. He radioed the control tower in panic, and shouted, "The RUDDER has malfunctioned! What shall I DO?"
The air traffic controller radioed back, "Keep calm, Captain. Just
Contributed by Patrick Nix on Jul 9, 2010
THE EAGLE AND THE VULTURE
A story is told of two birds that soared far above a beautiful national park. They flew the same path, at the same altitude, at the same speed. The eagle returned to tell all about the beautiful waterfalls and streams full of trout, breath-taking landscapes of
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Apr 8, 2011
A HIJACKING PARABLE
Think of the human race aboard a hijacked jet-liner flying through time. God himself directed its takeoff from the divine control-tower. The initiator of all evil, whom we call the Devil, Managed to get a boarding pass.
When the plane reached its cruising altitude, the
Larry Walters bought 45 helium filled weather balloons and tied them to a lawn chair. With parachute, sandwich, and B.B. gun he was intent on flying (a couple hundred feet he thought). Before he was ready, the rope broke or came loose from his jeep to which he was tied. He rocketed into the sky,
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 4, 2007
“Obedience for Our Own Safety”
An aviation cadet, on a practice flight, temporarily stricken blind, in panic radioed that message to his control officer. The officer radioed back, “Follow my instructions exactly.” After keeping the blinded cadet circling the field until the whole field was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 9, 2009
A Simple Hose Clamp Causes Failure of Balloon’s Attempt to Circle the Earth
Piccard and Richard Conniff writes in National Geographic that on January 12, 1997, two Swiss men, Bertrand Piccard and Wim Verstraeten, set out to be the first to CIRCLE THE EARTH in a balloon. Their aircraft was called
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008
WHAT YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT
Jules Verne, the famous author of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", also wrote another book entitled "The Mysterious Island." The story is about five men who manage to escape from a Civil War prison camp by highjacking a hot-air balloon. Once aloft, they very quickly
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2008
When people are climbing Mount Everest, there are at least four camps that people stop at on the way up. They have to stop because of the physical limitations of their bodies.
They need time to rest. They need time to acclimatized to the atmosphere. They need time to be prepared to
Contributed by Bradley Kellum on Aug 11, 2009
On October 1, 1947 Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier when he flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane to a speed of MACH 1 at an altitude of 45,000 feet.
In aerodynamics, the sound barrier is the apparent physical boundary stopping large objects from becoming
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jun 29, 2010
There is a fable of a kite which once said to itself, “If I could just get rid
of that man who is holding me back, then I could fly above the clouds and kiss the stars.” One day the string broke. Now, at last, the kite was free to soar higher than it had ever gone before. But much to its surprise
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jan 25, 2011
"THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN..."
The 747 jetliner taxiing down the runway, with the passengers all buckled up for takeoff. A voice came over the speakers in the plane's cabin,
"Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard Flight 22 for London's Heathrow Airport.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
A pilot was flying his small plane one day, when he heard a noise which he recognized as the gnawing of a rat. Wondering what its sharp teeth were cutting through, he suddenly realized with horror that it might be an electric wire.
Then he remembered that rodents can’t survive at high altitudes.
Contributed by Trevor Woodget on May 10, 2008
The Gossamer Albatross was a human powered aircraft which on Jun 12th 1979 completed a successful crossing of the English Channel. The aircraft was powered using pedals to drive a large two-bladed propeller.
Piloted by amateur cyclist Bryan Allen, it completed the 22.2 mile crossing in 2 hours
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 9, 2005
In his little book On Christian Truth, Harry Blamires suggests that we think of the human race aboard a hijacked jet-liner flying through time. “God himself directed its takeoff from the divine control-tower. The initiator of all evil, whom we call the Devil, managed to get a boarding pass.” When