I’m sure I introduced a plane into the third story just for the fun of it, because a blue biplane flies over our house most days in the spring and summer.  When he was out in the garden George always looked up at it and followed its passage across the sky before going back to his grass.  This is strange as guinea pigs are supposed to be very short-sighted.  Perhaps it was a distinctive note from its engine that resonated with him?

However it quickly became a very important element of the story.  Flying is in my blood although I’ve never been up in a biplane.  It seemed to be something George could get sidetracked by very easily, and transporting Monsieur Bleriot a hundred years later was my way of doing it.

The late development of flying also gives me all sorts of plot development opportunities, some of which are works in progress – Victor’s Story (number 5 in the series) not only uses George’s adventures in his flying machine but also his engineering expertise advising on the development of a machine that can carry freight long distances.  It will be a while before it is sufficiently developed to carry Vex Ale to Hattan and bring Wozna back.  Although there is a deadline for that to happen.

Would flying ever become popular in our fictional land?  Miles takes most of the persons of Buckmore up for joyrides, and makes Lupin thoughtful about what he can see of his kingdom from the air.  It is a side effect much commented upon.  Seeing things from a distance gives us new insights into them.

The development of flying combined with the opportunity to fly further using George’s portable strawberry juice power plants suggest some radical changes will occur in this world.  Ones that I have not yet fully thought through.

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4 thoughts on “Flying

  1. I mentioned this blog to someone locally today and they knew the plane I was talking about. It’s a Hornet Moth, apparently (DH87) and you can see a picture of the type if you click the De Havilland Moth Club link on the right.
    This has an enclosed cockpit with side by side seating. For George’s adventures I was thinking more of an open top, passenger behind the pilot arrangement. This would make it a DH60 Moth, or the very famous DH82 Tiger Moth. I think George would like the Moth.
    So you see, girls can be nerdy about planes too. I don’t really need to know the details about the engine though!

    • Thanks for visiting Misha! I love early flying machines, right up to and including the Empire Flying Boats.

  2. Maybe George mistook the planes for aerial
    predators. I have a friend whose ducks freak out over balloons.

    In any case, I love the inclusion of flying in the stories. It allows George to exercise both parts of his being: the engineering mind and the dreamer. ❤

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