The jet plane that first took flight on July 27, 1949, was invented by Sir Geoffrey de Havilland. The inventor was an aircraft designer and aviation pioneer.Continue Reading
Airplanes had previously been engineered and flown by pilots around the world, but they were fueled by a combination of propellers and engines. The first jet plane was faster and more powerful and could reach higher altitudes than traditional airplanes. It enabled travel time to be cut in half and allowed people to have a more comfortable and enjoyable ride. The first airplane that was created took its first flight from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1908.
Sir Havilland was a bus designer and motorcycle engineer and worked on the motors and engines that propelled the powerful machines until he discovered aviation. He took an interest in airplanes after noticing the first flight by the Wright brothers and began working on a more powerful and stronger engine for the airplanes that flew as a result of the first airplane. He eventually found a jet engine that would work for the airplanes to allow the planes to fly higher and faster. Havilland was the engineer behind the fighter jet airplanes that were used by Germany in World War II.Learn more about Inventions
In their careers as inventors of man-made flying machines, the Wright brothers had two failures before they actually achieved sustainable flight. They had initially built gliders and tested them in the form of kites, which encouraged their inventive curiosity. Several years of creating these kites and gliders led them to finally create a motorized, human-controlled flying machine.Full Answer >
The Wright brothers' first successful flight was on Dec. 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C. The flight covered 120 feet and lasted for 12 seconds, and it was manned by Orville Wright.Full Answer >
For human beings, true flight is possible only with the aid of mechanical devices. These include balloons, airships, airplanes and helicopters. Human-powered flying machines are possible but difficult to make practical because of the high power-to-weight ratio required to make powered flight possible.Full Answer >
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, are credited with making the first powered, controlled flight in an airplane on Dec. 17, 1903. After developing a working glider, they added a 12-horsepower engine to the design to drive a pair of rear-mounted propellers.Full Answer >