Home-and-Family North Carolina rightfully boasts of the very first airplane flight that was made on the sandy hills of the tiny town of Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of the Barrier Islands. The Wright Brothers had .e here all the way from Ohio with their flying contraption to make it fly! Before being bitten by the idea of inventing a flying machine, the Wright brothers were the owners of a bicycle shop in the town of Dayton, Ohio. After testing many designs and facing teething problems, they were succesful in taking their first flight in an airplane made of wood, metal and canvas that was stretched across the wings of the plane. The pilot was required to lay flat on his stomach to manouvere the controls for the flight. It was not an easy job to bulid a prototype for the first airplane. It was a tough and long drawn out process and they had to work for four whole years between 1899 and 1903 to get the aerodynamics right. Though they were successful in their first flight, they still had to work really hard till 1905 to develop a stable and viable airplane. The Wright family also contributed to the development of these airplanes in full. Wright sister helped her brothers in sewing and streching the canvas across the wing frame. Before they were ready with their flying contraption, the Wright brothers had made several trips to Kitty Hawk to test gliders in order to better understand aerodynamics. Thus, they were quite familiar with the area and the people when they made their historic trip in 1903. So much so that they often recruited locals to help them haul and repair the Flyer. Orville and Wilbur’s 1903 version of the Wright Flyer was a great deal heavier than the previous planes, in fact it was a whopping 125 pounds heavier than the brothers intended. Since the plane was unable to be launched like the previous models, a 15-foot launching rail was built to help propel the plane skyward. This rail was laughingly known as Grand Junction Railroad. The brothers then had to postpone their regular tests because of the inclement weather in the late fall and early winter of 1903. This lead them to doubt whether they will at all be able to achieve their intended test flight that year. Things however changed for the better soon, enabling Wright brothers to start testing again and take their historic flight. On December 17th, 1903 the Wright brothers made history when their Flyer took off into the air. Orville piloted the first ever flight after a quick coin toss. He climbed into the controls and took off at 10:35 in the morning. The plane soared into the North Carolina sky for a whole 12 seconds and covered a distance of 120 feet long. But that was the beginning of a new age giving a new meaning to speed. After the first historic flight, the brothers made three more flights, with Wilbur piloting the longest course, staying in the air for 59 minutes and covering 852 feet. The great state of North Carolina was witness to this feat of engineering and man on a cold December day. They proudly built a monument to the Wright Brothers on top of the hill that saw their first flight in Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina to .memorate the historic event. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: