Reading an old story about a demon flying between galaxies, the following sentence is unclear to me:
Checking the speed of my interstellar flight, I followed its equator with a poised and level wing, above
Does checking here mean "stopping" or just inspecting? The first would make a bit more sense to me. Also, the phrase "level wing" is not really clear to me, maybe it expresses he was flying in a horizontal position, without tilting?