Wright Brothers First Airplane
Aircraft in Air
Flight has been the dream of humankind since they watched in awe as birds soared effortlessly through the sky, but it wasn't until the Wright brothers made their first successful flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903 that powered flight became a reality. To-day aircraft is a wonderful piece of technology. It has made possible many things which earlier were considered “impossible”, for example, travelling around globe was almost unimaginable before the aircraft got invented. More than 100 countries have their own air forces, about 50 countries have their own airlines, about a million people or organisations have an aircraft for some mission or luxury, many million people have got jobs because of these aircraft. The credit for all this goes to two brothers, commonly known as “The Wright Brothers”.
Wright Brothers Biography
Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912Credit: First flight.open.ac.UK), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. The family owned “Wright Cycle Co”., the bicycle business they founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1892. There many people owning a bicycle business, but these brothers with sky high vision, great determination and a craze to make their “cycles” fly, were the only ones to change the course of history.
Wright Brothers Change Course of History
They were methodical and scientific in their research and approach. Every flying bird fascinated them and any material in any library regarding flight they studied. Thus their hard
work and strong will made possible the first human flight in air on December 17, 1903. The flight, by Orville, of 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour (10.9 km/h) . This was the day, the Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with their successful first flight.
Glow of Pride
The Wrights felt a glow of pride and satisfaction in having invented and demonstrated something that had baffled the ablest of scientists through centuries. Later, they were received by the king of France, the president of America and many other dignitaries, and many governments were pleased to buy aircraft from them. All this gave them fame in their own life.
Wages of Labour
They still did not expect to make a fortune. Long afterwards Orville was asked what he and Wilber would have taken for all their secrets of aviation, for all their patent rights for the whole world, if someone had talked to them just after their first flights. He was not sure, but had an idea that if someone had offered them ten thousand dollars, they might have accepted it, ten thousand dollars for something which made them millioners in the first decade and wrote their name with golden letters in history books.