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Advancements of Airplanes

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Introduction

                Mather

Justin Mather

Mr. Mackechnie

English 11 Honors 4B

16 January 2006

Advancements with Airplanes

        The airplane turned out to be one of the greatest inventions ever made for the advancement of society and mankind. The idea of the first airplane came from the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, and they were the first to successfully fly an aircraft. Anita Pavey wrote:

From a non-motorized glider featuring wing frames built of bent ash wood and covered in French sateen fabric to a craft made of state-of-the-art, exotic materials and powered by Harley-Davidson, Orville and Wilbur Wright's vision of flight has reached new heights at Utah State University.

Airplanes improved the society as the greatest technological advancement of America was due to their safety of the planes, quickness to get people from point “A” to point “B,” and the help it has brought and is bringing with American soldiers in war.

The Wright brothers worked hours on end to complete their innovation for the world. They had to try countless, tiring experiments, and many tests to see if they could fly and get the planes off the ground. The tests were run on the beach and on the dunes at Kitty Hawk, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first successful flight was completed December 17, 1903. The flight lasted about twelve seconds and only reached a peak of one hundred twenty feet, but it was a historic moment in time.

         Writer Alexandria Marks, claims “...flying continues to be one of the safest modes of transportation available in America…” (2).

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Bechtol 75). The United States ran the world for time and still does with their superior weaponry and air tactics with their fighting planes for war, which came from the starting development of the Wright brothers.

Throughout the sandy banks of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, tests were run and inventions were born. The airplane was and still is the greatest technological advancement we have as humans on this earth. The innovation to society of two men, Orville and Wilbur Wright, completed the world and set the world into a new dimension of travel and exploration. The airplane, single handedly took over the world as an influence for travel, and fighting. Since the one, world changing day, December 17, 1903, the world has been obsessed with upgrading and evolving the ordinary airplane into something powerful for the military, or something enormous for commercial aircraft travel. The historical twelve second flight set a mark for the United States as a superior country evolving with the greatest technological advancement ever. No one explains it better than Andrew Curry:

Today, we can fly cross-country, even around the world, on a whim. We take it for granted today, but the Wrights' 1903 flier, nearly 700 pounds of wood, wire, muslin cloth, a sputtering homemade engine, and hand-carved propellers, may be one of the most important inventions in history. From trade to travel, war to weather, aviation has transformed civilization--and captured the human imagination like no other accomplishment. (38)

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“NASA Technology Helps Smooth Bumpy Airline Rides.” NASA News. 19 Jul. 2005.

SIRS Knowledge Source. SIRS Researcher. Atholton High School Lib., Columbia, MD. 02 Jan. 2006 <http://sks.sirs.com>

Nelson, Stewart B. “Ocean Liners of the Skies.” History Magazine. Feb. /Mar. 2002:

29-32. SIRS Knowledge Source. SIRS Researcher. Atholton High School Lib., Columbia, MD. 02 Jan. 2006 <http://sks.sirs.com>

Pavey, Anita. “The Wright Stuff.” Citizen Airman. Aug. 2003: N.P. SIRS Knowledge

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“Return of the Enola Gay.”Weekly Reader, Senior Edition. 03 Oct. 2003: 7. SIRS

Knowledge Source. SIRS Researcher. Atholton High School Lib., Columbia, MD. 02 Jan. 2006 <http://sks.sirs.com>

Robinson, Nancy Masters. Airplanes of World War 2. Minneapolis: Capstone

High/Low, 1998.

Seydel, Carie A. “Silent Wings of History.” Airman. Apr. 2003: 44-48. SIRS Knowledge

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Sherry, Michael S. The Rise of American Air Power. London: Yale, 1987.

Sherwin, Keith. To Fly like a Bird. Great Britain: Bailey Brothers and Swinfen Ltd.,

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Sweeney, Frank. “Designing a Behemoth and a Comet.” Mercury News. 17 Apr. 2001:

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Wallace, Steven B. “GA Safety: How Much Better Can We Do?” FAA Aviation News.

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Woodyard, Chris. “Airline's Cabins of Comfort Soothe Passengers on World's Longest

Flight.” USA Today. 04 Feb. 2004. SIRS Knowledge Source. SIRS Researcher. Atholton High School Lib., Columbia, MD. 02 Jan. 2006 <http://sks.sirs.com>

Wragg, David W. Speed in the Air. New York: Frederick Fell Publishers, Inc., 1974.

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