Wright Brothers - The Start of Aviation

It was on this day, 114 years ago that the first fixed wing aircraft was invented by Orville and Wilbur Wright.

The brothers dreamed of flying, being the first humans to stay in the sky. On December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. From 1900 until their first powered flights in late 1903, they conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their skills as pilots. Their bicycle shop employee Charlie Taylor became an important part of the team, building their first airplane engine in close collaboration with the brothers.

The brothers’ fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving “the flying problem”. This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines. Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than any before.


The Wright brothers about to launch their aircraft.

During their first flight in Kitty Hawk.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers

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"If it wasn’t for the dreams, man would still be on the ground

The Wright brothers are the best inspiration for anybody to believe in achieving something that’s being thought as impossible. Always a role model for me.

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These two brothers were really the inventors of modern aviation. I had the opportunity to visit the site where the first flight took place last year when I went to North Carolina. Definitely recommend it to any aviation enthusiasts in the area! :)

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That must have been an amazing experience! Because of them, we have millions of airplanes in the sky 24/7.

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Without those guys, we probably wouldn’t have Infinite Flight, nor would we have airplanes, or any of the stuff we love! Those brothers created the foundations of aviation.

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Its a fascinating story, especially interesting is that when they disagreed on something, or were arguing, they would switch sides and debate the opposing argument in order for them to understand each other’s point of view. Clearly it was successful!

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Yes, that was a very interesting way to decide on something. When you think about it, that would probably help make the best decision as well. You learn both sides of the story.

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Unless you are both convinced by each others argument and end up on the other side of the fence, but just as far from an agreement!

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Nice topic mate. hats off to the Wright brothers, their idea made billions of people travel to their desired destination easily. Nothing but respect to both.

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It’s good to see the progress in aviation.
So much of information, some say it was the Wright brothers while many say that it was Mr. Gustave Whitehead (a German pilot)

More information here -

https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2327286/The-Wright-Brothers-NOT-fly-plane--German-pilot-beat-years-earlier-flying-car-claims-leading-aviation-journal.html&ved=2ahUKEwjz0JibypHYAhUkT48KHcXYDn0QFjAPegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw1xf_TvFtdFYyDz503i9Geg

Whichever way, great achievements made in the aviation industry.

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