Inventing the Airplane: The Wright Brothers



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A report about the Wright Brothers telling about how they invented the airplane. By Emma, age 7.

hello this is Emma Friedman and recently I was on a plane to San Diego and I wondered what was the first airplane and how was it invented the plane I took looks very different than the Wright brothers plane you see here here is a picture of Wilbur and Orville Wright they are the ones who invented the airplane they got interested in airplanes when they were kids and their father gave them a toy helicopter when they became adults their first business was fixing and making bike this is a picture of Orville Wright working in the bike shop it was a good thing as they learned how to fix bikes because in order to make an airplane that could carry passengers they would have to so many problems the first problem was lift lift would let the plane stay in the air the second was control which lets the pilot steer the third was power which would fly the air to solve the first problem they started at 1900 by making kites to test different wing shapes they used mathematical tables from a German scientist named Otto Lu in town to make their first wings then they figured out that his tables weren't wrong so they had to go all the way back to square one in 1901 they built a wind tunnel to test many different shapes of wings and then made their own tables they did not know how to make the wings move to control the plane then one day in the bike shop Wilbur was playing with a long cardboard box he noticed the panel's moved when he twisted it the brothers took this idea and made several gliders in 1902 to test different controls recently can hide and Rick Jung decided to recreate the Wright brothers plane here you can see pilot J Gratton flying a recreation of the 1902 glider when pilot Jen moves her hips it twists the wings light Wilbur's box twisted this is the first engine ever to be flown the Wright brothers had to make the whole thing they use their bike making skill to make the engine it took a year to make the engine and the plane on December 17th 1903 their first flight lasted for 12 seconds they went a 120 feet it took 10 hide over 10 years to recreate the 1903 flavor Wilbur and Orville had a lot of successes but they also had a lot of failures and many of the early pilots died in crashes I don't think I would have done it I would have been worried about crashing or doing all that work and having your ruin people didn't believe it was possible but the Wright brothers found a way and every time we go and and happen we can remember how much the Wright brothers changed our they didn't know no one taught them they just tried they were fencers

47 thoughts on “Inventing the Airplane: The Wright Brothers”

  1. The Wright Brothers didnt "invent" the airplane. The ideas come from far back ago when Leonardo da Vinci started studying birds fly and, time later, a Brazilian man named Alberto Santos Dumont started building and flying one of the firsts drivable hot air baloons, and later then, designing and flying the firsts structures that could glide in the air and develloped the invention until it could glide by herself. The Wright Brothers took most of the credit because he didnt patent the invention.

  2. It's been five years since I first saw this, so I will repeat my earlier comment:
    "Santos-Dumont was an interesting eccentric who invented nothing. The 1903 Wright Flyer didn't use a catapult. The Wrights made flights without using a catapult. Great job Emma."

  3. Actually who invented the airplane was Santos Dumont. He constructed an object heavier then air that could lift off using it's own resources. The Wright Brothers' Flyer was an object heavier then air as well but it could only lift off using a catapult.

  4. @joshfreedman I am sure she continues a very sweet girl at 12,it is too bad some people twisted the
    truth about aviation which was the contribtion of many pioneers from different nationalities,everyone is trying to single out one pioneer because of national pride. Now about trying to save the apes in extintion, no country will claim they save the apes,everybody will try without ask for credit.Just look the depth of look on a apes eyes we call tell the saviors will not lie.

  5. @joshfreedman I am sure she continues a very sweet girl at 12,it is too bad some people twisted the
    truth about aviation which was the contribtion of many pioneers from different nationalities,everyone is trying to single out one pioneer because of national pride. Now about trying to save the apes in extintion, no country will claim they save the apes,everybody will try without ask for credit.Just look the depth of look on a apes eyes we call tell the saviors will not lie.

  6. Dear Emma
    You have touched my heart. Please keep doing what you are doing i'm sure there will be many moments of greatness throughout your long life . But one thing for sure. You have put a smile on my face that i will do my best to keep.
    Thanks and be well

  7. @simoneua The reason those over in America never mention Santos Dumont is because he had absolutely nothing to do with the invention or development of the airplane. According to the Federation Aernautical Internationale (FAI), recorder of all aviation records, "officially" states that the world's first unassisted take-off was Clement Ader (3Oct,1890) FR, world's first unassisted take-off of a sustained/controlled flight was Orville Wright 17Dec, 1903 USA. Dumont's first flight was 13Feb,1909.

  8. I mis-printed my previous post, in that the world's aviators up until Aug8, 1908 all believed that "Inherit Stability" was the answer, but it was the Wrights that concevied of the principle of "Inherit Instability", which is how all aircraft fly today and have flown since Aug8, 1908. Dumont got off the ground for a short hop in 1906, but his first flight in an aircraft, as we know them today, didn't happen until Feb.14, 1909, 6 months after Wilbur begin flying at LeMans, France.

  9. Sir Cayley was the 1st to state that a successful HTA would require: Propulsion, Lift, and Control. Everyone, including Sir Cayley believed in the concept of Inherit Stability, but it was Wilbur Wright that went against conventional thought and he and his brother developed the world's 1st powered HTA that flew under this concept, requiring they develop a 3-axis control system. On May22,1906, the Wright brothers were issued US Patent #821,393 and that was the secret to their success.

  10. If the "catapult" faction would care to check their facts, the Wrights first flights did not use a catapult. The plane took off ENTIRELY under its own power from a trolley. The catapult was a later refinement. S Dumont was a great man indeed, but he was not the first to achieve powered, controlled and sustained flight.

  11. This is such a big lie. A glider is not an airplane. It is as much of a plane as a balloon is; it flies but it is not a plane. Santos Dumont's plane was an actual plane, with an actual motor that allowed the plane to takeoff by itself.

  12. Did Santos Dumont learn a lot from Wrights? I don't think so. The designs of 14-bis and "the Flyer" are very different. However the Wrights learn a lot from Cayley, Lilienthal and Chanute.

  13. You mean, without catapults, ailerons and in front of thousands of eye witnesses and many scientists? Ah, of course the flight was recorded in a movie, right?

  14. Shotty-You hold youself down, don't blame others for your misfortunes; let alone an entire nation. Indirectly you are blaming me. As far as the 3 students, that is news to most I have mentioned it to, can you quote a source? And how convenient that it was "burned down" by the Dutch Colony to eliminate all records. And who, besides you, really cares about the invention of the teabag, are you seeking some sort of retribution? Having your own "tea Party"?

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