Photo Story: Airborne

By Sarah Rose de Villiers

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned to the sky, for there you have been and for there you will long to return.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Off a gravel road in the Knysna forest, there is an aluminum barn that houses a sleek bird of glistening metal and outstretched wings. It’s an RV8 and as the sun sets over Plettenburg Bay, I will glide 2 000 feet above the glimmering sea in the tandem two-seat aircraft. The runway will fade to a grey ribbon as we climb into the sky and the sea shall stretch before us like royal silk wrapping the Earth. My stomach will swap places with my heart as one aerobatic trick follows the next – a twist, a barrel, the ocean above me and mountains hanging from the sky. I will taste flight, and to these skies I shall long to return.

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