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
The average speed of an airplane depends on the size and type of the airplane. A Boeing 747, which is a popular commercial plane, has a typical cruise speed of .85 Mach or 567 miles per hour when at 35,000 feet.Full Answer >
The airplane has affected human life in several areas, including the transport of goods internationally, the world of politics and meeting people from other countries. It has reduced travel time from one destination to another, affected the costs people are willing to pay for transportation, and changed the experience of traveling by offering luxuries that are not available in other modes of transportation such as vehicles, trains or boats.Full Answer >
The availability of Wi-Fi on an airplane depends on the airline carrier. Some major airline carriers have free Wi-Fi capabilities for their passengers, while others require pay-to-play. Some do not have a wireless system installed.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 >