Flying has always been an aspiration of the human race since the beginning of time. Throughout the ages, through trial and error we got there and continue to improve in the aviation industry currently. Here are some of the highlights of the history in flying throughout time.
The beginning of flight history in most peoples opinions is the Wright brothers flight. However, it was in the year of 1853 that for the first time a human ever left the ground in some kind of flying apparatus. The hang glider was designed by Sir George Cayley in Great Britain. Gliders continued to be worked on over the nineteenth century, and these findings influenced the the Wright brothers when designing their aircraft.
The Wright Brothers
50 years later the first successful aircraft was designed and flew by the Orville and Wilbur Wright. Many others at this time were on a race to do achieve the same thing, but these two mechanics from Ohio beat them to it. Their first flight occurred on the 17th of December 1903 in North Carolina, lasting 12 seconds and covering 120 feet.
After 1903 the aircraft developed rapidly. More inventors begun taking an interest in flying and the aircraft’s became larger and better-controlled. Audacious flying goals were made, however not many were met. One of these goals was to make a transatlantic flight from United States to Europe. This was accomplished by a navy aircraft in 1919, with only one out of three aircraft’s leaving the US making it to the UK.
The most well known transatlantic flight in history is when Charles Lindbergh flew in his aircraft named The Spirit of Saint Louis from New Jersey to Paris in May 1927.
As airplanes became fashionable being such an exciting form of new technology, everybody soon wanted to fly in one. Due to this commercial airlines were created. The first airline formed was in 1913 and flew between St Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. This airline only lasted in business for one year, yet it was a milestone in the history of flight triggered the formation of dozens more airlines in the coming years.
An exciting aviation goal was to achieve supersonic flight. Charles Yeager was the first to achieve such a flight in 1947 in an experimental plane. Future research being put into supersonic flight lead to the development of aircraft’s such as the passenger plane The Concord and the military reconnaissance plane named the Blackbird SR-71.
10 Largest Factories in the World
1. The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building.
The doors of the building alone are 139 metres tall and allow entire spaceships to be built under cover.
2. The Meyer Werft Dockhalle 2.
Used to build cruise ships, this enormous space looks like it could fit an entire city inside it.
3. The Aerium.
This huge structure was built during World War II in Germany to construct and store airships. It was later bought and re-purposed – a tropical theme park was built inside it.
4. Jean-Luc Lagardere plant.
This factory is designed specifically to build airbuses – the largest commercial airliners. It is large enough to build 8 airbuses simultaneously.
5. Boeing Factory.
Another aeroplane factory – this is larger than three sports stadiums side by side.
6. Lauma Fabric Factory.
Insured for $85 million euros, this factory was built in Latvia in 1965 to produce fabric for underwear.
7. The Tesla Gigafactory.
This gigantic solar panel electrical station aims to harvest enough electrical energy in a year to power half a million Tesla cars.
8. The Stetson Hat Factory.
Operating in the early 1900s and producing only hats, this huge factory seems to defy modern production industries. Over five thousand men and women were employed here.
9. Mitsubishi Motors, North America.
This facility combined production, design, research & development under a single, enormous roof.
10. Belvidere Assembly plant.
An assembly plant owned by Chrysler, this is another factory that pumps out thousands of cars – and make use of an unfathomably large floor area to do so.
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