World's First Aeroplane - "Wright Flyer"
The thought of flying in the air someday is as old as the human history. It wouldn't be exaggerated to say that it's in the very nature of us humans. But the invention of the Aeroplane is only 120 years old and yet it has changed our lives dramatically.
World's first Aeroplane or rather the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft was the Wright Flyer.
It was designed and built entirely by the Wright brothers of North Carolina in America.
The brothers flew it nearly four times on December 17, 1903, in the south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. How did the first Aeroplane performed?
The first flight lasted only 12 seconds for a total distance of 120 feet (37 m) – shorter than the wingspan of a modern Boeing 747.
The Wright brothers didn't pull this off in a single stunt. It took them multiple trials at Kitty Hawk before successfully flying over there. They tossed a coin to decide who would get the first chance at piloting, and Wilbur won. He took the flyer for the first and couldn't go far, worse yet, the landing was rough. Then after fixing some minor repairs which took 3 days, they went at it again. But this time they went much farther and stayed for much longer time. The last flight, by Wilbur, went 852 feet (260 m) in 59 seconds, much longer than each of the three previous flights of 120, 175 and 200 feet.
Did you know?
There was an Indian scholar named Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who is believed to have created the first unmanned airplane in 1895.
Talpade lived in Mumbai and studied Sanskrit literature and the Vedas, ancient scriptures of Hindiusm.