Flight 7… – by a j mithra
Number seven signifies completeness and that is the reason GOD took rest on the seventh after creation..
The wing shape of birds has its basis in survival value…
There are Seven Basic Wing Shapes and arrangements for different flying styles;
1. FAST TAKEOFF AND DODGING WINGS
Sooty (Blue) Grouse (Dendragapusfuliginosus) byIan
Birds such as pheasants and grouse that usually inhabit dense cover and need to dodge quickly between obstructions have wings that allow twisting flight at short distances..
Built for fast takeoff and dodging, this type of wing is relatively short but broad and cupped,
with flexible tips that can be set at varied angles without twisting the whole wing.
GOD expects us to be swift to hear, swift to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy..
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, …….. (James 1:19)
2. SOARING BIRD’S WINGS
Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) by Daves BirdingPix
Soaring Birds tend to have broad wings. The Turkey Vulture has extremely broad wings for soaring. The breath of this wing type and the arrangement of the slotted primary feathers make it most efficient for soaring over land.
Black and Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Broad-winged hawks, Northern Harriers, Condors, Ravens, and some gulls have this kind of wings.
GOD wants us to wait in HIS presence and get wings of an Eagle to soar high even above storms… How long do we wait in HIS presence?
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
3. HIGH SPEED AND MANEUVERABILITY FLIGHT WINGS
White-throated Swift by Dave's BirdingPix
Some birds of prey and most other fast-flying birdshave developed High Speed Maneuverable wings. These wings of swifts, swallows, shorebirds, and waterfowl, and other small-to-medium-sized birds with rapid flight. Are extremely flat, moderately long narrow, and triangular, and tend to be swept backwards, like the wings of a high-speed jet fighter.
How many of us hasten to give our tithe and offering?
How many of us hasten to honor the servants of GOD?
Look at Abraham,
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. (Genesis 18:6)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) by W Kwong
4. SLOW FLAPPING FLIGHT WINGS
The kind of wings characteristic of Slow Flapping Flight are large and distinctly arched.
Herons, Egrets, and Ibises have this type of wing, and their style makes them immediately recognizable as belonging to one of those families, even when see from a distance.
GOD expects of us to be
….slow to speak, slow to wrath: (James 1:19)
5. LONG DISTANCE OCEANIC SOARING WINGS
Christmas Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) by Ian
Seabirds, such as Shearwaters and Albatrosses, have a high-aspect wing, but one that is adapted for Long Distance Gliding — long, narrow, flat, and pointed, with no slotting of the primary feathers. The longest feathers are the outermost primaries.
Pointed wings like these are best suited for Long Distance Oceanic Soaring. Other birds with this type of wings are Gulls and Frigatebirds, which glide almost endlessly above the sea.
God wants to set us on high place; HE wants us to be high above everyone around us… But, not until we love HIM the way HE loves us…
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
6. LONG DISTANCE GLIDING WINGS
Black-necked Stork (Jabiru) (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) by Ian
Still another Long Distance Gliding variation is found in the type of wing typical of storks and some vultures, a slotted, high-lifting structure. The wings are broad to provide more wing surface and short to make use of subtle variations in air currents.
We are on a very long journey; a journey of righteousness, a journey of perseverance, a journey of faithfulness and a journey of love…How calm are we on our journey?
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. (Mathew 5:41)
7. MOTIONLESS FLIGHT
Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) Reinier Munguia
Hummingbirds’ wings are pointed and swept back, and they rotate at the shoulder, not at the wrist, as do those of most other birds. This allows the wing to be turned over in midstroke, so that backward motion cancels forward motion and the bird remains motionlessly poised in the air to sip the nectar of flowers. This bird then can execute Motionless Flight.
GOD created everything and took rest on the seventh day… HE created man on the sixth day so that, man shall worship HIM on the seventh day which is the first day for man on this earth…
Even in the list of flying styles of birds, the seventh flying style is MOTIONLESS FLIGHT… The birds seem to lay emphasis on the importance of the seventh day isn’t it?
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalms 46:10)
Have a blessed day!
Your’s in YESHUA,
a j mithra
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Updated on 8/8/11
Sorry about not crediting Paul Noll’s explanations and quotes of wing types. (Per comment)
See Bird Wing Shapes, by Paul Noll.