As a pilot watching a hawk in flight is something very interesting and informative. By taking the time to observe in nature how birds navigate and maneuver through the air we can all become more accomplished airmen and better pilots. Birds use their whole bodies to fly precisely where and how they want, providing us with a great opportunity to observe and learn about aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is a very complex subject matter, and it is crucial for pilots and aeronautical engineers to know and learn as much as possible about aerodynamics for flying and designing aircraft. One of the best ways to learn about aerodynamics is to look at one of God's creations - the goshawk. Watching a goshawk hawk in flight provides an opportunity to observe air flow as well as how control surfaces (in this case wings, tail and feathers) are deployed to alter the goshawk's flight path. With the advent of slow motion photography it is now possible to observe precise movements of a hawk in flight and to teach us how they can maneuver, particularly in very tight spaces. In the video that follows you will observe how a hawk in flight can alter it's flight configuration to match the needs of the goshawk to reach it's destination: If you would like to learn more about goshawks visit Northern Goshawk. In fact I found this interesting book which is a fascinating story about a Goshawk: Wittgenstein and the Goshawk: A Fable In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch! Please share "Offut Air Force Base" with your friends using the buttons below. Thanks! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!