A Look At The First Airplane Invented.

What Was The First Airplane Invented?

When you think of the first airplane invented, who or what do you think about?



Most people think about the Wright Brothers. And, December 17, 1903 is the day to remember. That was the day that Orville won the toss of the coin. He made the first successful powered flight in history! The place was Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The Wright Brothers' dream of inventing a flying machine had come true.

It began when Orville was 7 and Wilbur was 11 years old. Their father, Bishop Milton Wright, gave them a toy helicopter, which started them down their road to being famous inventors. Their parents helped them achieve their dream of designing the first airplane invented.

Their mother, Susan K. Wright, was good with mechanical things. She had attended college in Indiana, which was rare during those times as very few women went to college. She was very good in both math and science classes, which she passed along to her boys.

Orville and Wilbur still wanted to know everything about flight as they were growing up. They read everything they could get their hands on concerning the subject of flying. They studied what other people had learned, and failed, about flight.

The brothers eventually opened a bicycle repair shop in Dayton, Ohio. It wasn't long before they were making their own bikes. But, they still wanted to fly.

The Wright Flyer By 1900, Orville and Wilbur were ready to test their first glider.

They had designed the flyer on the principles of a kite.

The Wright Brothers spent the next few years perfecting the flyer and researching where would be the best place to launch their new invention from.

They settled on a sandy spot in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Between 1901 and 1903, they went back and forth between Dayton and Kitty Hawk making sure everything was in order for their inaugural flight.

Finally, on December 17, 1903, the time had come.

On the first day, they flew four times. Orville flew the Wright Flyer the first time. That flight lasted a grand total of 12 seconds and it flew 120 feet, but it flew!

Their second and third flights went up about 175 feet each. Wilbur flew the fourth flight of the day. It went 859 feet and was in the air for 59 seconds.

The original Wright Flyer was broken beyond repair due to high winds that blew it over, but the Wright Brothers had achieved the first powered flight of an airplane.

They sent the good news about the flight to their father. They then packed their gear to head home in time for Christmas.

I don't think the Wright Brothers realised what their invention would do for the world.

Years later, airplanes took on a military role as recconnaissance planes and bombers during the First World War.

As technology advanced, so did the airplane. By the time of the Second World war, airplanes were faster and stronger and capable of carrying a bigger payload.

At the end of WW2 we see, for the first time, the start of the jet age with the Nazi war machine flying the first jet powered airplane.

Fortunately, it was too late to change the outcome of the War.

If Orville and Wilbur could see what we are doing today, such as the space shuttle program and stealth technology on airplanes, they would be amazed at just how far their invention has come in just a short 105 years! However, some believe that the Wright Flyer was not the first airplane invented.



The Wright Brothers with the Wright Flyer


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