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The Airplane

The Summary

The Dream Persued.... and Captured.

The airplane was an incredible invention that changed the way people lived. Designed by Wilbur and Orville Wright in Dayton, Ohio, the airplane gave more freedom to people of the world. It was indeed a marvel of machinery, and a miraculous discovery as well.

The airplane provided much power and much-needed help to the world. It gave farmers a crop duster, generals a powerful weapon, businesses quicker access to far-away places, and made the normally on-the-road person the in-the-air traveler. The miracle of flying was here, and it had a major effect on history. With the ability to fly, people now had many many more options given to them to the things that they usually did. It was the beginning of a new Era.

The inventors, Wilbur and Orville Wright, were two bicycle manufacturers from Dayton, Ohio, and had plenty of spare time to do with whatever they please when bicycle season had finished. They decided to use this time for fun and recreation. They made and designed new kites to fly them around in the sky. As they made more and more kites, they began to wander, if these things were bigger, couldn't something, like a person, fly on one? It was a dream that the world had never been able to even persue up until this point. Thus, the Wright Brothers began studying the flight of their kites, the air, and they persued the dream of flight.

Once finshed, the marvelous miracle that was the airplane had several different parts to it that made it fly. It was a well thought up contraption, and it, even though it was amazingly simple to aircrafts of today, was very difficult to understand. The motor of the vehicle was on the bottom right of four wings, which weren't even four. They were two long wings that spread out to the sides of the airplane. The pilot of the vehicle would rest on the lower wing, and the motor would lie to his left side. The propellors were put into motion by a sprocket-and-chain transmission. Two chains were used because they needed the propellors to rotate opposite directions, so that any twisting would be neutralized. Finally, the wings were "warped" so that they could catch more wind and make steering better. This also enabled the airplane to gain altitude with the aide of the tail, which was later given a "warp" of its own.

More than a "warp" was given to the airplane in the future. It was given everything you could possibly imagine on an aircraft. Airplanes have come to their peak of flying, and they have no where else to go. In the future, airplanes won't be improved upon much longer. Today, almost 94 years after the Wright Brothers' success and realization of the dream of flight, helicopters are taking over. They have already caught up to planes, and are slowly getting more advanced. There's even an "airplanicopter," as I like to call it, that can morph itself back and forth from airplane to helicopter in mid-flight. The future of flight, I believe, is no longer held in the hands of airplanes. However, if the Wright Brothers had let go of the dream that became the future, there would probably be no helicopters for the planes to pass it on to.

Many other great discoveries also played a part in the future. They were discovered at around the same time as the airplane. Discoveries such as the X-ray and the light bulb not only had their own glory, but played a nice little part in the glory of the airplane. Thanks to the X-ray, airplanes were made safer for travel, by enabling people to check luggage and clothing for weapons or other deadly items. Also helping security and safety, the light bulb combined with the airplane to make the flying vehicle visible at night to other aircraft, so they know when to steer away. The light bult also made airplanes useful for locating people or other lost or sought objects in the night time. This job was later taken over by the helicopter, but even today, airplanes occasionally help the copters.

The airplane was and is today a very powerful asset to the world. Thanks to the Wright Brothers and their kites, we now have the ability that the bird gave up his hands for: we can fly.


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