Aeroplanes are one of the most popular and safe methods of transportation to date. It is becoming increasingly popular and is now being enjoyed as a hobby more and more – as well as a trusted form of travel. But where did it all begin? And how did people first decide to become airborne? Keep reading to find out more!
The first Aeroplanes with fixed wings were designed by Sir George Cayley in 1799. He was the first to discover and define the forces generated by dragging and lifting with air thrust. This aircraft was not powered by an engine, and was more of a glider plane. The design was worked on and tested until the start of the 1900s.
1903 was the year that the Wright Brothers attempted the first engine fuelled flight, succeeding in 1905 (without crashing). From then on the Wright Brothers were almost unstoppable. They started flying faster and therefore further and higher. By the outbreak of the war in 1914, the Wright Brothers’ contribution showed its true significance as the planes were soon being used for pilots in the First World War. The first female pilot, Harriet Quimby, gained her pilot’s licence in 1911 in the US.
The beginning of air travel sparked many great inventions including helicopters, hot air balloons and rockets. Letting humans save lives, see the world from great heights and explore space. So next time you travel, think about how far we have come from 1905!