I read a fascinating few lines in a book about Maurice Sendak on the subject of flying. The book is Making Mischief by Gregory Maguire:
Flying is desire fulfilled.
Flying is sweet release.
Flying is rescue.
Flying is confidence.
Flying is escape.
I know I often wish I could just fly off on a cloud. Sometimes when I'm coasting down a steep hill on my bicycle I wished the bike would just go up and away.
I suppose I ought to have done the book 'Cromwell Dixon's Sky-Cycle' as a graphic novel and as fiction. But it was flattering that some people actually didn't realize it was a true story, since it all sounded so fantastic.