The Birth Of The First Airplane Flight


A large airplane flying high up in the air on a cloudy day

The first airplane flight was on an experimental basis, and it marked the beginning of a remarkable adventure in aviation. Many people believe that Thomas Edison’s interest in flying was triggered by a visit to a feat of engineering known as airborne testing. During this trip, Edison flew his original model, the Bonneville, over a rural New Jersey field. It took him twelve seconds to glide the craft through the air.

To Demonstrate The Potential Of Powered Flights

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Several years later, in order to demonstrate the potential of powered flights, Edison again made a historic flight. This time, he made a successful biplane prototype, powered by a dynamo and battery powered by heavy oil fuel. Although the engine was not particularly powerful, the biplane could reach an altitude of about forty feet, and it could cruise for about three hours between charging charges.

Edison then began working on a new machine, which he hoped would be even more superior than his first flight. A biplane made for the British Royal Air Force was powered by two large lithium-ion batteries, rather than by gasoline. Unfortunately, when it was completed in the late nineteen twenties, the airplane was too heavy to fly. When he tried to sell it to the British, they rejected it, and it was not until nineteen eighties that a biplane powered by gas became available. That flight became the first flight of the first powered flight of a powered flight, and it catapulted the inventor into world fame.

The Wright Brothers Were Able To Build The First Airplane

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Even though it was not very powerful, the Wright Brothers were able to build the first airplane that could be used for any purpose. They made use of an enormous iron core, rather than a light aluminum or other material, to carry their fuel and fabricate their wings. With a ten-pound weight limit, their machine was the worlds’ first long-distance flown airplane. It flew for about one thousand miles, covering nearly one hundred and fifty miles of distance in its flight. That flight established the basis for all subsequent airplane flights.

In commemoration of this great flight, a famous photograph was taken on December 7th, followed by yet another on December 8th, and yet another on December 9th. All three photos were taken by amateur aircraft enthusiasts, using telephoto lenses, and marked the occasion in the history books the world over as the first successful flight into space. The photographs were sent by mail to the Daily Record and the aviation publication, and the events were immortalized in the song, “White Clouds Over the Wash.”

Considered To Be The Fastest Ever Completed Flight

The airplane that was used in that flight, built by W.B. Wright was not only the first powered flight in over three hundred years, but also the first powered flight over any body of water. Flying from New York City to San Francisco in just over twelve seconds, it is considered to be the fastest ever completed flight, at that time.

As incredible as that flight was, the Wrights were not finished. After completing their flight, they continued to improve the airplane, making modifications, and ultimately, building the first powered flight evochron, or flying machine, which they named the Wright Electric Engine. By this time, both brothers had become very skilled engineers, as well as the world’s first aerospace engineer. And, in tribute to their heritage and the birth of the first powered flight, the Wrights were so adamant about continuing their research into powered flight, that in the early nineteen twenties they began building the first aircraft designed by a man.

Bottom Line

The world will never know the full extent of the dedication and hard work that the Wrights expended during the construction of their first plane. But, without question, without them, today’s modern airliners would never have been born. The Wright Brothers worked tirelessly to ensure that their legacy would live on.

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