Aereality: Essays on the World from Above by William L. Fox PDF

By William L. Fox

ISBN-10: 1582434298

ISBN-13: 9781582434292


PART 1: Out West
1 Targeting
2 Earthworks
3 The Pit . . .
4 . . . and the Stack
5 The Horizontal City
6 The Angels of Mulholland Drive
7 Surveillance


PART 2: again East
8 Time Flies By
9 The 9-11 Trail
10 The Vertical City
11 floor Truth


PART three: Down Under
12 Mount Kosciuszko: 2,228 Meters (7,310 Feet)
13 Pennyroyal
14 Lake Eyre: forty nine ft less than Sea Level
15 Lake Eyre: 4,500 ft Above Sea Level
16 Alice Springs
17 Over Canberra . . . and l. a.

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Qx6 1/13/09 12:58 PM Page 29 T A R G E T I N G 29 Above it all was a TV monitor floating fifteen feet up, a disembodied eye looking down. I appropriated some looping clips, one of a man jumping out of a plane and filmed from above, his parachute never opening but implied, the ground spinning around and around. You craned your head back and looked at a man falling upwards. The blue of the television was resonant with the blue of the photos, and there was also a clip of a military man’s finger pushing a World War II–era button over and over.

Peter Greenaway The tiny two-seater aircraft seems to walk down the runway, break into a run, and then step up into the air with a small wobble. Michael Light pulls back on the stick and we rise quickly into the morning air over the tarmac. This is the way the dream of flying begins: gathering yourself for a jump, making a mental leap, and then gliding above the ground. Among all the reasons for flying—travel, recreation, reconnaissance or surveillance to name just a few—the re-creation of a dream may be among the most potent.

What the pilots from Wendover did from 1942 through 1945 was fly over a variety of artifacts and attempt to hit them. A full-sized and realistically shaped warship was made of tar out on the salt flats so it would be visible enough to bomb. qx6 34 O U T 1/13/09 12:58 PM Page 34 W E S T the hills we just flew through. Barrels of oil were set out in a circle and lit on fire at night. All were targets. Some of the bombs, such as the ten thousand concrete-filled bomb dummies the Enola Gay crew used for practice, buried themselves thirty-five feet deep in the mud when they hit.

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