|“|| "Your wings, Mr.Sharp."
"Aye, sir. Like a good guardian angel."
–Mr. Rigby to Deryn Sharp., Goliath
Gliding wings are a special contraption used by Darwinist crewmen on airships, similar to a body kite. They are simple lightweight wings of canvas and wood, normally attached to a cable.
Gliding wings consist of two wings made of canvas and wood, (Likely fabricated to be stronger.) and a stabilizing tail flap. In the center of the back is a small pole jutting up. Cables tied to this hold the wings upright. The wings are attached to the back by a harness.
Gliding wings can be used for safe descents from an or Huxley, or hanging from a ship. While in the air, the wings can be expanded by the wearer to catch the wind. Using this, an airman can safely go below a ship to attach a cable, pick up a small package, or drop off a message.
In the seriesEdit
In Goliath, Deryn must use a set of gliding wings, and hold Newkirk below her as he attempts to attatch a cable to the czar 's package. After realizing that the package is too heavy, she removes the wings to help Newkirk.