The airplane was invented due to a new century blooming and man's desire to discover new methods of transportation and discovery. While ground transportation, such as trains and cars, was making headway, a way to travel long distances without the complications of terrain had yet to be discovered.Know More
While many believe that the airplane was invented by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, N.C., the first man to fly was New Zealander Richard Pearse in 1902, eight months before the Wright brothers first flew. Pearse, according to witnesses, flew a length of 50 to 400 yards in a heavier-than-air machine. Pearse's aircraft was the first to use proper ailerons, which allowed the wings to warp and turn the aircraft. Though many credit the invention of airplanes to the Wright brothers, Richard Pearse never reported his inventions because he didn't know there was any interest in flying.
Though the Wright brothers tested many gliders in the early 1900s, none of them counted as an actual aircraft, and the brothers didn't achieve flight until late 1903 with their first plane, the Flyer I. The craft weighed over 600 pounds, and Orville Wright was the first pilot. The craft remained airborne for 12 seconds and traveled a little over 120 feet.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters
It is legal to carry any amount of cash on an airplane inside or outside the United States, but amounts over $10,000 must be declared to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Travelers carrying large amounts of cash should take precautions against theft.Full Answer >
Airplane facts for kids include the history of airplanes, their operations and comparisons. Other facts deal with the mode of aircraft operations, structure and uses. Comparisons between airplanes and kites, insects and fish that fly are other facts for kids to enjoy learning about.Full Answer >
According to Boeing, the 747-400 family of aircraft have 16 main landing gear wheels. The landing wheels are outfitted with structural carbon brakes that improve energy absorption characteristics and wear resistance, while also saving 1,800 pounds of weight when compared to previous brakes.Full Answer >
Thanks to a combination of good design and physics, it's very unlikely that someone could open an airplane's door during flight. Many aircraft doors are larger than the openings they cover, and even when this is not the case, the immense difference in pressure between the inside of an airplane and the air outside would require a massive amount of force to get the door open. Full Answer >