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  NOVA | Wright Brothers' Flying Machine | The First Reporter | PBS
At first they went only a few hundred feet; and as the opportunity for practice in guiding and controlling it was only a few seconds at a time, their progress was necessarily very slow.
This machine must follow the same rule; and to clear the tip of the inside wing it was found necessary to rise to a height of perhaps 20 or 25 feet.
The machine is held until ready to start by a sort of trap to be sprung when all is ready; then with a tremendous flapping and snapping of the four-cylinder engine, the huge machine springs aloft.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/wright/reporter.html   (3541 words)

  First flying machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pilâtre de Rozier was the first to fly a balloon, and he was also the first fatal accident in aviation history.
Flying squirrels, for instance, can't sustain level flight, and may be doing little more than falling, yet what they achieve is certainly useful, since it is part of their natural adaptation for survival.
For flying machines that use aerofoils, the method of getting the air to move is used by some to classify the invention.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/First_flying_machine   (2747 words)

 Aerial Steam Carriage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Attempts were made to fly the small model, and a larger model with a 20 foot wing span, between 1844 and 1847, without success.
In the first experiment the tail was set at too high an angle, and the machine rose too rapidly on leaving the wire.
The steam was again got up, and the machine started down the wire, and, upon reaching the point of self-detachment, it gradually rose until it reached the farther end of the room, striking a hole in the canvas placed to stop it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Aerial_Steam_Carriage   (606 words)

 Karl Jatho - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
His first attempts he made with a plane having three lifting surfaces, but switched to two surfaces soon.
In contrast to the Wright Brother's plane, the wings were flat in profile and not curved.
In comparison Orville Wright's first controlled flight four months later was of 36 m (120 ft) in 12 seconds although Wilbur flew 59 seconds and 852 ft later that same day.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Karl_Jatho   (222 words)

 1901 Glider Replica
Unfortunately, it wasn't half the flying machine the Wright brothers hoped it would be.
In addition to the regular landing and flying wires, the wings are trussed to reduce the camber from 1/12 to 1/20.
The first time in the air in 1901, Wilbur could not turn the nose of the glider down and the wind carried him higher and higher until he stalled.
www.first-to-fly.com /Adventure/Hangar/1901_glider_replica.htm   (1310 words)

 History of Wind Tunnels
He was also the first to detect the effects of aerodynamic interference, where the total drag of a structure exceeded the sum of the drags of the individual components.
The first tests were exploratory and utilized an unconventional testing machine: a bicycle with a third wheel mounted horizontally on the front of the frame.
The first tunnel consisted of a square tube for channeling the air, a driving fan, and a two-element balance mounted in the airstream.
www.grc.nasa.gov /WWW/K-12/WindTunnel/history.html   (3145 words)

 Forbes.com - Magazine Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
But they left no detailed plans of their first flying machine, and their patent, Hyde points out, was for their 1902 glider, not the machine-powered craft of a year later.
The machine was damaged further when the crates were submerged in a flood in Dayton, Ohio, in 1913.
It was not until after Orville died that the machine was displayed in the U.S., and the demonstration model remains as the centerpiece of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum to this day.
www.forbes.com /2003/12/17/cx_da_1217wright_print.html   (629 words)

 Specialty Gifts
Much of the article, which dealt with highly technical problems involved in the development of the first airplane, is dry reading-but not so with the actual description of the first successful flight as told by the aviator.
We realized the difficulties in flying in so high a wind but estimated that the added dangers in flight would be partly compensated for by the slower speed in landing.
While the Wright brothers were working on their first airplane, another inventor, Samuel Langley, developed an airplane which, because of a launching accident, failed on its first attempt to fly just a few days before the Wrights succeeded.
www.outer-banks.com /flight   (1168 words)

 Richard Pearse
There are accounts of a smaller machine preceding the better known flights of 1903 followed by a larger circular aircraft, another one of which little is known about, but which was built after he had moved to a very quiet secluded spot at a place called Milton.
Loop the loop in Pearse's first flying machine with VRML:
Preston Watson - the first "Flying Scot" who is thought to have made short flights over the fields near Errol on the river Tay in the years 1903-4.
chrisbrady.itgo.com /pearse/pearse.htm   (1693 words)

 Traian Vuia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
But these persons did not believe that a flying machine which had a density greater than that of the air could fly, since their flight principles were based on Archimedes' law.
In this configuration the machine was still used as a car only, till it could reach a speed of 40 km/h without using the engine at its maximum capacity.
It was the first flight with a machine heavier than the air and was entirely powered only by its own engine during all its flight (unlike Wright's brothers machines).
www.deltawing.go.ro /history/vuia.htm   (1147 words)

 Konnie's Biography 1910-1919 Part 1
A rumour was passing through the crowd that the flying machine would fly, so space along the fence near the machine was fast being filled.
From this experience grew a desire to build a model of this flying machine, Of course it had to be a flying model.
However, the urge or yearning to fly was deep rooted, and occupied many of my conscious as well as sub-conscious hours in the next few years.
www.kw.igs.net /~brianj/biography/biography1.htm   (741 words)

 Rose Center - Melville M. Murrell Exhibit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
He carved models of flying machines and played with pulleys and wheels as a boy.
Murrell's flying machine was patented August 14, 1877 - Wilbur Wright was 10 years old and Orville was five.
Charlie Cowan, a hired hand on the Murrell farm, is credited with being the first to fly Murrell's machine, according to Mrs.
www.rosecenter.org /MMurrell.html   (722 words)

First, their machine was heavier-than-air, not a gas, hot-air or smoke balloon; second, their machine had a means of controlling all three axes of flight, roll, pitch and yaw; third, their machine was powered, not a glider; and fourth, The Wright Flyer was able to sustain itself in flight for a reasonable distance.
The Henson Aerial Steam Carriage, the model Flying Machines of John Stringfellow, the Avitor Hermes, Jr.
Mozhaiski's monoplane, the bat-like machines of Clement Ader and the enormous Test-Rig of Hiram Maxim were some of the Flying Machines which utilized steam engines.
www.flyingmachines.org /fmfaq.html   (868 words)

FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 in order to develop ways to excite students about engineering and technology.
The first event was the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which is designed to inspire high school students to become engineers by giving them real world experience working with professional engineers to develop a robot.
Its first competition was a demonstration competition at the national FIRST competition in Atlanta, GA from April 21-22, 2005.
articles.gourt.com /en/first   (821 words)

 First Flight Shrine: Grover C. Loening - The First Flight Society - The First Flight Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Loening was born in Bremen, Germany, the son of the U.S. Consul.
He saw his first flying machine while an undergraduate at Columbia University in 1908.
His MA, granted in 1910, was the first of its kind in the United States and helped usher in the field of aeronautical engineering.
www.firstflight.org /shrine/grover_loening.cfm   (202 words)

 Articles - Fixed-wing aircraft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Sir George Cayley, the inventor of the science of aerodynamics, was building and flying models of fixed wing aircraft as early as 1803, and he built a successful passenger-carrying glider in 1853, but it is known the first practical self-powered aeroplanes were designed and constructed by Clément Ader.
First seen by generals and commanders as a "toy", the aircraft proved to be a machine of war capable of causing serious casualties to enemy lines.
The first commercial jet, the de Havilland Comet, was introduced in 1952, and the first successful commercial jet, the Boeing 707, is still in use 50 years later.
www.centralairconditioners.net /articles/Airplane   (3548 words)

 The Session: Shop - Product info
The story is about how Orville and Wilbur Wright went from flying kites to the first heavier-than-air manned flight (the book touches briefly on the initial skeptcism over their claims and their vindication five years later in France).
The moral of the story is explained in the epilogue, where it was noted that the problem of making a flying machine work was not solved by scientists but by two bicycle repairmen from Dayton, Ohio.
From experiments with kites and gliders to the first self-propelled flying machine, the Wright brothers used ingenuity and imagination to do something no scientist had ever been able to master, fly a heavier-than-air machine.....
www.thesession.org /shop/display.php/061813347X   (560 words)

 Bangor Publishing Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
First, the backwoods boy from Piscataquis County was a pioneer in electric lighting, and then, after moving to England where he decided to specialize in armaments, his famous gun enabled men to kill each other much more efficiently.
One of his assistants was thrown through the air, landing on his head, and the machine was badly damaged.
Ever after, Maxim, a shameless self-promoter, would claim to have built the first flying machine to rise into the air with passengers, even though there had been three other similar events recorded.
www.bangornews.com /news/templates/default.aspx?a=10354&template=print-article.htm   (737 words)

 Republished with Permission of the Cecil Whig
At the edge of Baltimore, the aviators brought their Wright-Burgess machine down to earth because intense heat and humidity made it impossible to rise to a safe height to clear the city, the Cecil Whig reported.
It was the inauguration of the first scheduled airmail service between Washington and New York; their daily route brought these letter carriers across the top of the Chesapeake.
The machine, after circling a few times, landed on the farm of Herbert Kirk, where it glided down gracefully without mishap, according to the Midland Journal.
cchistory.org /whigairplane.htm   (1248 words)

 Military Factory - Wright 1909 Flyer
Army officials refused to entertain the "folly" of flying machines, but in 1907 air proponents won a small victory when the Signal Corps released the specifications for an air machine.
It had to fly faster than 40 miles an hour, remain aloft for at least one hour, carry a two-person crew and be transported in a mule-driven wagon.
His seven and a half minutes in the air was needed for the Army to accept its first flying machine.
www.militaryfactory.com /aircraft/popup.asp?aircraft_id=131   (349 words)

 Mechanical Engineering "100 Years of Flight," Dec. 2003 -- "Trial by Flyer," Feature Article
A flying machine requires lightweight construction, structural integrity, lift, reliable propulsion, control surfaces, and piloting skills, along with acceptable weather and navigating conditions.
Lilienthal asserted that to design a flying machine is nothing, to build one is something, but to fly is everything.
Roosevelt was anxious to fly with Orville Wright during the 1908 trials at Fort Myer.
www.memagazine.org /supparch/flight03/trialby/trialby.html   (3686 words)

 Weekly Reader Current Events
They agree that the Wright brothers flew their plane in 1903, but they say the first powered flight was actually made two years earlier.
According to a researcher named Andrew Kosch, Gustave Whitehead of Connecticut was the first person to take to the air in a small flying machine.
Flying a copy, however, does not prove that No. 21 flew in 1901.
www.eduplace.com /kids/hmss05/bkd/wklyrdr/u1_article2.shtml   (279 words)

 Clement Ader in the Aviation History Encyclopedia
Using the studies of Louis Mouillard (1834-1837) on the flight of birds, he constructed his first flying machine in 1886, the Éole, a bat-like design run by a lightweight steam engine of his own invention (4 cylinders developing 20 horsepower, the weight no more than 7 pounds per horsepower) and driving a four-blade propeller.
Witnesses claimed to have seen it fly a short distance, but it was wrecked in the attempt.
In August 1892, the Éole II accomplished a feat of 200 yards at a field in Satory, and managed to excite the interest of the minister of war Freycinet.
www.usairnet.com /encyclopedia/Clement_Ader.html   (458 words)

 Traian Vuia in the Aviation History Encyclopedia
The problem of flight with a machine which weights more than air can not be solved and it is a only a dream.
Vuia begun to build the flying machine in the winter of 1902-1903.
Many newspapers in France, the US, Great Britain wrote about the first man to fly with a heavier-than-air machine with their own take off systems, propulsion units and landing gear.
www.usairnet.com /encyclopedia/Traian_Vuia.html   (551 words)

 Greatest Inventions-- Airplane -- Fixed Wing Aircraft
Wright brothers may or may not have been the first to invent a flying machine
Different definitions of first flying machine are emphasized, which leads to different claims.
But emphasis of only the challenges that were overcome is a source of producing different claims to the title of "first flying machine".
www.edinformatics.com /inventions_inventors/airplane.htm   (2382 words)

 The First Flying Machine in Healdsburg
"For the first time in its history Healdsburg will be visited by a flying machine..." ran the headline of the local paper on July 3, 1919.
At the height of wartime fever in 1918 Fred enlisted and was sent to San Diego to be trained as an aviator, graduating in the 95th percentile of his class.
His flying was apparently so good that when he was commissioned as a lieutenant, he was stationed at Marsh field in Riverside and made an aviation instructor himself.
www.sonic.net /~janosko/ourhealdsburg.com/history/flyingmachine.htm   (1001 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Wright brothers
The first flight, by Orville, of 39 meters (120 feet) in 12 seconds, was recorded in a famous photograph.
Thomas Selfridge became the first person killed in a powered airplane on September 17, 1908 when a propeller failure caused the crash of the passenger-carrying plane Orville was piloting during military tests at Fort Myer in Virginia.
Also in 1909, the Wrights won the first US military aviation contract when they built a machine that met the requirements of a two-seater, capable of flights of an hour's duration, at an average of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and land undamaged.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Wilbur_Wright   (2660 words)

 Bert Mooney Airport
Butte saw its first “flying machine” at the old race track south of the city in 1910.
Thus Butte saw its first airplane in flight, a flight which was also one of the first in Montana.
He built himself a plane, the first aircraft constructed in Montana so far as is known and set his first flight for Aug., 1911.
www.butteairport.com /aphistory.htm   (1060 words)

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