The Beginning of Flight
Essay title: The Beginning of Flight
The Beginning of Flight
In the early 1900s, Wilbur and Orville Wright had a vision to one day fly. In 1903 they reached their goal in the sand dunes of North Carolina. Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, in Millville Indiana. His brother, Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871, in Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur and Orville owned a bike shopped, and produced bikes. Along with making bicycles Wilbur had a dream of building a full size flying machine. Wilbur once said that he had been “afflicted with the belief that flight is possible.” There obsession over flight drove them to make a breakthrough, a world changing event. This drive led them to producing each of the technologies they needed to make them fly. There invention of the airplane was one of the greatest inventions ever produced.
On December 17, 1903, the Wright flyer flew for the first time in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This was not the first time they tested there invention though, they had many other attempts before hand. The Wright brothers used Sir George Cayleys three broad categories:
1. A set of lifting surfaces, or wings
2. A method of balancing and controlling the aircraft
3. A means of propulsion
The Wright brothers saw that the airplane, even though unstable could still be controlled. This was the same principles they used for building there bicycles. The Wright brothers twisted and warped the wing structure; this is what they called wing-warping. The Wright brothers also created there own four cylinder engine to propel there plane. To test out there wings, they used a wind tunnel to see how the air flowed over top of the wing. They wanted to make the wing so it had the most efficient lift. Because of these creations, there airplane was successful.
There were many things that made the Wright Flyer work. They used a four cylinder engine to propel the plane. The engine was cooled by water. This was not a radiator, but yet a reservoir of water that would refill the water jacket. The Wright brothers used a Chain-and-Sprocket Transmission System. They ran chains to steel propeller shafts, which turned the propellers in opposite directions to neutralize the effects of the whirling blades. The propellers were two 8 feet blades, which were made from two laminations of spruce. The blades were made with a draw knife and hatchet. The tips were then covered with fabric and varnished to hinder splitting of the wood. The flight controls were operated by the pilot, who used a lever to control where they went. The Wright Brothers solved the reversal problem by making the rudder movable. They attached the rudder control cables to the wing warping cradle, so the pilot only needed one thing lever to operate the controls. They controlled their elevation because of the wing warping. The warping of the wings made air flow quicker over the top of the wing, which cause the plane to lift. Their Wright Flyer worked on account of all of these things making a technological system.
Wilbur Wright’s need to have his dream fulfilled of making a flying machine was accomplished. They then patented there plane on May 22, 1906, U.S. Patent 821,393. They’re market was simple, the military. The military would help them distribute their invention because it would show how useful it was. By World War I there was now a need for aircraft to be used in action. They offered the Wright Brothers twenty-five thousand dollars if they could meet the specific criteria. The army said they would give them