The first human flying machine

Do it the Wright way

The first human flying machine

Inventors: Wilbur and Orville Wright

Invention: Airplane

First succesful flight on: December 17, 1903

Where flown: Kitty's Hawk, North Caroline

The Airplane

On December 17, 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright, two bicycle builders, made their first successful flight, in their newly constructed in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright Flyer flew 120 feet for about twelve seconds. They made the first successful flight in a powered, manned aircraft in the history of mankind.

How it works

The Wright Flyer used two twelve horsepower gasoline engines to move it through the air. Two steer the aircraft and to control the altitude they used a system of pulleys and flaps. Orville would pull on one rope that would wind around a pulley to bring it too the first flap. Then hw would let the other one slacken a little and then that flap would go up. Then, the wind would push up on one flap and push down on the other.

Impact on society, Now and Expected.

The Wright Flyer is a breakthrough in the industriy of America. It is expected to evolve into more advanced forms of transportation and entertainment over the next century. Now, in 2013, we have supersonic jets and humongos passenger jets that carry hundreds of people over long distances and at high altitudes.