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The Wright Brother's Airplane

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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, 1912

Wright Brothers
), 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

First Historical Flight With Orville Flying

 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.

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Comments

Jan 31, 2012 5:14am
junaid6123
Well a good review about the development. And surely they did not foresee the future of this little achievement of their's :) Lucky again ...
Jan 31, 2012 5:33am
irshad001
Stand in the Air Traffic control tower of a busy Airfield like Heathrew, where Aircraft are landing and taking off at a speed of one aircraft per minute, and if one also remembers that the span of Beoing 747 is slightly bigger than the total flight of Wright brothers (120ft),it is all amazing. I don't think Wright brothers will recognize a Boeing as off shoot of their invention.
Jan 31, 2012 5:58am
junaid6123
lolxxxx yeah exactly ....
Feb 19, 2012 2:41pm
junaid6123
By the way, how many contemporary unsung heroes also deserve gratitude for trying there best with unexpected results including loosing lives. It is still the luck which plays :)
Feb 19, 2012 11:48pm
irshad001
Talking of unsung heroes, Yes there are many whose achievements have gone unnoticed . Just consider the case of Charlie Taylor (mechanic) (1868–1956),who was working in the wright brothers workshop and built the first aircraft engine, imagine if he could not make the engine?. Loss of great lives has been part of this wonderful invention. I guess every flower has a thorn.
Feb 19, 2012 11:48pm
irshad001
Talking of unsung heroes, Yes there are many whose achievements have gone unnoticed . Just consider the case of Charlie Taylor (mechanic) (1868–1956),who was working in the wright brothers workshop and built the first aircraft engine, imagine if he could not make the engine?. Loss of great lives has been part of this wonderful invention. I guess every flower has a thorn.
Feb 20, 2012 12:53pm
hafsajunaid
exactly every flower has a thorn ...
Feb 23, 2012 9:23am
irshad001
Why don't you read my article, "Facts about inventions and inventors" , there are lots of store with visible, "Every flower has a thorn".
Feb 27, 2012 3:29pm
junaid6123
How qualified you think, the brothers were? Or was it just a stroke of luck ???
Feb 28, 2012 11:33am
irshad001
I do not know their qualification, but I certainly know they were very hard working and would commence a job after lots of study.
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Bibliography

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers "Wright Brothers." Wikipedia. 2012.

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