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Dec 17, 1903: First airplane flies

Near Kitty Hawk,  North Carolina , Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight. Orville and Wilbur Wright grew up in Dayton,  Ohio , and developed an interest in aviation after learning of the glider flights of the German engineer Otto Lilienthal in the 1890s. Unlike their older brothers, Orville and Wilbur did not attend college, but they possessed extraordinary technical ability and a sophisticated approach to solving problems in mechanical design. They built printing presses and in 1892 opened a bicycle sales and repair shop. Soon, they were building their own bicycles, and this experience, combined with profits from their various businesses, allowed them to pursue actively their dream of building the world's first airplane.   After exhaustively researching other

History of Planes

HISTORY OF AIRPLANES: Before the Wright Brothers created the first flying Airplane able to carry a human, there were those who inspired the idea. If not for their ideas and experiments perhaps airplanes as we know it today might not of been. The first ideas of the perfect airplane were the flapping-wing machines, called ornithopters. The Ornithopter is where the wings are providing both the lift and thrust. Apart from ornithopters three devices important to aviation had been invented in Europe in the Middle Ages and had reached a high stage. 1799-1809 Between 1799 and 1809 Sir George Cayley who was an English Baronet came up with the concept of the modern airplane. At this time Cayley had abandoned the ornithopters tradition. He designed airplanes with rigid wings to provide lift, and separate propelling devices to provide trust. Cayley laid the foundations of aerodynamics through his published works. He showed both with models and full-size flight control by means of a single rudde