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Posted on 06/05/2013 10:11:10 AM PDT by servo1969
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He traveled 700 feet in 16-18 seconds on some glider covered in feathers?
Well, he was traveling about 40 miles per hour.
How did he land and stop his vehicle at that speed?
And the Wright Brothers legacy isn’t in peril:
On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first sustained, controlled flights in a powered aircraft.
So some idiot tried to fly a kite covered in feathers and it fell down.
Retarded state. Must be something in the water.
Engines were Whitehead's forte. Engine building is the talent that probably lead to his being first to achieve powered flight. It is claimed that one of his motors powered the first military plane, which was financed by the US Navy and built by Israel Ludlow. In 1908, it took off from the Smithsonian's front lawn, of all places.
We're talking about powered, controlled flight in a heavier-than-air vehicle. Dirigibles don't count.
Earlier (than the Wright Bros, who were first) attempts at powered flight were doomed by the weight of the power plants available to the builders, heavy steam engines for example.
There’s a myth about a medieval Chinese emperor who had skyrockets attached to his throne and launched himself into the sky, but that is presumably a bit of nationalist agitprop from the 20th c. That would count as powered flight, if true.
When the Swedish flagship Kronan exploded in the Battle of Oland (1676), one of the survivors was blown far into the air, saw all the ships on both sides from up there, and miraculously landed safely in the billows of a sail. Had this happened during a later era, there would have been no sails, and he’d have also lost his priority as the survivor of the earliest powered flight. ;’)
If memory serves, Orville Wright’s last flight was with Howard Hughes.
40 mph would be 58 ft/s, he flew about 30 miles per hour.
I divided 700 feet by 16 seconds arrive at my figure but, even so I am interested as to how he stopped the airplane .
Really? Kewel ...
Actually, there is a fundamental design difference between the Wright Brothers' Flyer and all modern aircraft: the Flyer was designed so that in the absence of force from the elevators, it would assume a slight upward pitch, while modern aircraft are designed to assume a downward pitch. This meant two things--one bad, but one good:
If prior to the Wright Brothers' flight someone had produced a glider which was sufficiently efficient that it could remain aloft indefinitely in the presence of naturally-occurring thermals or other updrafts, I would have regarded such an accomplishment as being no less significant than that of the Wright Brothers. What was significant about the Wright Brothers was not that their plane was powered, but rather that it could remain aloft without continuous or repeated connection to the ground. By my understanding, all gliders before that time had enough drag that even naturally-occurring thermals would have been insufficient to keep them aloft.
Wow, really down on Lindy, huh?
No, I’m not. As Hitler-coddlers go, he was a pretty good guy.
Scientific American Debunks Claim Gustave Whitehead Was First in Flight
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