Warfare has likewise produced technically sophisticated renderings of the earth through aeriality, boasting long 'lines of descent' that can be traced to World War II, when being airborne became synonymous with omniscience and the capacity for a new kind of military action (Gregory, 2013; Kaplan, 2006).
Besides uncovering a politics of privileged access to air power, and the denial of the same to others, it underscores the fact that the ground below is not always subservient to, but rather continually re-constructs, contests and alters aeriality.
Transposing this logic to the sky not only returns a sense of texture to the latter; it also signals that understandings of aeriality are incomplete without a corollary grasp on how the habitation of aircraft becomes seen, rationalised and known.
Illuminating the sky as an aeromobile condition or state to rationally know and act upon offers a unique perspective that compounds conventional understandings of aeriality and vertical surveillance.
Approaching the sky as a 'dense space' to study (Forsyth, 2014: 252) can further knowledge on aeriality and vertical surveillance in valuable ways.