All species of snake in the genus Chrysopelea are capable of performing gliding flight, with ranges as great as 100m. The snakes in this genus achieve this by leaping from branches, then sucking in their abdomen and flaring out their ribs, turning their body into a "pseudo concave wing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Humans (primates) are in the same superorder as rodents, lagomorphs (rabbits and similar), tree shrews, and calugos (arboreal gliding mammals that look similar to sugar gliders also known as gliding lemurs). sciencedirect.com/topics/…
Today I learned about the Gimli Glider, where a Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel at 12,500 meters (41,000 ft) was successfully landed by gliding the plane onto a race track using a maneuver called a "sideslip", with no injuries to the passengers upon landing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gim…
Analysis of robot dinosaurs suggests that gliding might not have been an intermediate step in the evolution of flight, and instead some species could have jumped straight to flapping their upper limbs. newatlas.com/robot-dinosa…
In 2017 Delta airlines had passengers attempt to fly with service animals including 'comfort turkeys', gliding possums, snakes and spiders news.delta.com/delta-intr…
Today I learned of the' Night Witches', a Russian all female bomber squadron in WW2. The 80-woman group flew 23,000 sorties and received 23 'Hero of the Soviet Union' honors. They earned the name from their technique of shutting the engine off and gliding over their targets to drop bombs silently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
"the first black African national gliding school" was founded by the Nazi woman Hannah Reitsch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In WWII a woman-only Soviet bomber regiment were nicknamed the "Night Witches" by German soldiers. For a successful bombing run, the Witches would cut the engine of their archaic and noisy aircraft. Gliding in, they would release their bombs before the enemy even knew they were there. h2g2.com/approved_entry/A…
Today I learned of Yi qi, a tiny species of gliding dinosaur that lived in what is now modern-day China. Most unique were its long fingers which were connected with membrane to form large bat-like wings, which gave it the appearance of a tiny dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_…
Today I learned of a species of snake in south east Asia commonly known as the "Flying Snake." Not only can it climb trees, but it can then glide through the air from one tree to the next, slithering its body to create lift, achieving distances of 100m - more than any other gliding animal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Canadian singer Grimes once sailed down the Mississippi River in a DIY houseboat loaded with live chickens and 20 lbs of potatoes. The engine failed soon after setting sail and they spent three weeks gliding downstream, trying to fix the engine and dodge police. pitchfork.com/news/45488-…
Journalists in the 1920s suggested that stegosaurus could fly - according to the theory, the plates on its back were actually gliding wings. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Some spiders and other small invertebrates travel by flying (gliding) through the air en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
There is a unit of measurement called the 'mort' that represents the probability of death. A night in hospital is 75 micromorts, whilst hang-gliding is 8 micromorts. plus.maths.org/content/ca…
The neon flying squid engages in behaviors that prolong its time airborne, and thus is considered to be closer to actual flight than just gliding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo…
In the 1960s there was a cult called the Source Family who lived in a commune in the Hollywood Hills, and their leader Father Yod had 13 wives, a rock band, and eventually died in a hang gliding accident. kcet.org/arts/artbound/co…
There are flying (gliding) snakes in Southeast Asia. They are able to fling themselves from trees and fly by radically altering their body shape. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
There are ants living in rainforest canopies that are able to control the direction of their descent when they fall from a tree, gliding to the trunk of the tree they live on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gli…
The difference between falling, parachuting and gliding is 45Β° (By definition). Also "falling" is a valid form of aerial locomotion (flying). en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
There are tiny Avatar-like gliding dragons in Asia todayilearned.co.uk/2011/…
The Australian Feathertail Glider is the worlds smallest gliding possum en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fea…
Hang gliding was banned in East Germany in 1980 in case citizens tried to escape by gliding over the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of the Sea Robin. A fish with tiny legs used for walking on the bottom of the ocean and 'wings' used for gliding through the air above the surface for short distances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In the year 559, several prisoners, including Yuan Huangtou, were forced to launch themselves from a tower attached to a kite, as an experiment. Yuan Huangtou was the sole survivor, successfully gliding over the city walls. He was later executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are 'flying' frogs that use their over-sized webbed feet for gliding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Chairman Mao regularly swam in the heavily polluted rivers of south China, head back, stomach in the air unfazed by the globs of human waste gliding gently past. time.com/time/magazine/ar…
Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt envisioned future settlers of the Moon going on "lunar skiing holidays." He came to this conclusion after developing a gliding stride similar to downhill skiing while exploring the Moon's surface. guardian.co.uk/science/20…
Gliding emerged as a sport in Germany because the Treaty of Versailles forbade the use of motorised aircraft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
There was considerable development in to making winged gliding tanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Chinese typewriter design features a gliding tray of characters, each of which can be swapped out if a special or obscure character is needed. youtube.com/watch?v=OrEut…
Records for Gliding endurance are no longer accepted because time aloft is potentially unlimited and pilots may suffer exhaustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gli…

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