Geology, Palaeontology & Archaeology / Re: Why do insects fly?« on: 02/03/2023 23:19:44 »
"a mile of road will take you nowhere: a mile of runway can take you anywhere".A lot of trade and travel is predicated on the desire to move people or goods in both directions. The least sophisticated societies see the sense in making runways
As long as you don't want to fly out again.
In attempts to get cargo to fall by parachute or land in planes or ships again, [Melanesian] islanders imitated the same practices they had seen the military personnel use. Cult behaviors usually involved mimicking the day-to-day activities and dress styles of US soldiers, such as performing parade ground drills with wooden or salvaged rifles. The islanders carved headphones from wood and wore them while sitting in fabricated control towers. They waved the landing signals while standing on the runways. They lit signal fires and torches to light up runways and lighthouses.
Also worth reading up on the Mission Aviation Fellowship who, despite being deeply superstitious but excellent aviators, persuade remote groups to build runways to facilitate humanitarian transport in places that cannot be reached by road.
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