XQ737 From Germany, joined Mar 2003, 103 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3532 times:
I have read that the first flight ever was made by a German and not by the Wrights. Is this true?
They have written that this German man did not announce his flight before he did it (but the Wrights did it) and so the world is thinking that the Wrights are the first people who did make the first flight of the world.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3489 times:
And the first balloon flight was done much earlier by a Frenchman, I believe, though I'm not too informed about lighter-than-air vehicles.
The guy who did not announce his flight was Cayley - later it was claimed his plane flew (and he apparently forced his butler to be the experimental pilot, which is allegedly why he never made a claim - it was not exactly legal). This is not proven to date.
The proven and claimed first flight was Otto Lilienthal.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3316 times:
Interesting article. It seems that Pearse should have tried to find a few spotters like us to take a few pictures of the flight however.
"To the exasperation of believers and skeptics alike, and the source of the controversy over whether or not Pearse "flew", no details of the flight were recorded, by Pearse or onlookers. Unlike the Wright’s attempt in Kitty Hawk, no one in Waitohi wielded a camera or measured the airspeed of the gorse-bound transit. No proof exists to pinpoint the date or offer proof of the flight: records of the visit Pearse made to the local hospital after injuring his collarbone in the fall were destroyed in a fire, and a photo of the aircraft prone in the hedge, taken by a professional photographer the day after the flight, was later destroyed in flooding."
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3238 times:
Pearse CLAIMED to have flown, but there was noone who could certify that claim.
At the initial attempt he later claimed to have been before the Wright brothers flew he was alone.
At a later attempt where there were people it was too late.
As to a crashphoto, that doesn't show the aircraft flying controlled (if anything it shows that is was not controlled flight).
There were many attempts at powered flight before the Wright brothers, all of them ended in crashes during takeoff, often killing the aviateur.
The Wright brothers flew several times on that faithful december day in 1903, during all but the first flight demonstrating not just control in landing the aircraft without damage but also demonstrating controlled turns, climbs and descends. Noone was able to do that until after they filed for their patents which were blatantly copied and stolen.
In one case a fellow American took them to court to discredit their claim of first flight saying they had stolen his ideas. The aircraft in question was in storage at the Smithsonian at the time. The Wright brothers together with the court went to the museum and found the aircraft under construction with hasty modifications to include items from the Wright patent. Case closed.
There is also a claim from Brazil, but the aircraft Dantos Dumas operated clearly shows design features copied piece for piece from the Wright Flyer patent application so his claim can be discounted as well.
Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3137 times:
Ever wonder why there is an Air Force base and a decent sized city named after Langley? What did he really do for flight other than prove that an over-engineered and overfunded bundle of sticks can fall into the Potomac river? Also as a native of Dayton Ohio I take great offense at the way Kitty Hawk North Carolina tries to not mention where the Wrights were from.. All North Carolina contributed to powered flight was wind.. I guess when you think about it thats about all Langley contributed as well. just some thoughts
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2956 times:
No, No, No, No, !!!!
The first ever "airplane" was invented and built by a French man called Clément ADER.
His plane called "Eole" was equipped with a single two-cylinders steam engine, and flew for the first time in park of the "Château d'Armanvilliers" on OCTOBER 9th 1890 (Otto Lilienthal first flight took place on Dec.31st 1891. He was at that occasion the very first man to be photographed in the air ).
Clément ADER 's Eole flew the distance of 50 meters at an "altitude" of 20/25 cm (= 10/12 inches...).
Planemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 5730 posts, RR: 35 Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2881 times:
No, Ader did not invent the airplane - Leonardo da Vinci did (and a primitive rotorcraft as well). Sure they did not fly but the concept was there. As well, Ader did not acheive controlled flight. As someone once wrote in jest, just because Ader went over a bump that threw his craft into the air does not demonstrate that it "flew".
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. - A. Einstein
Rafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1172 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
Santos Dumont, the "guy" you mentioned for the Brazilian claim made his flight in Paris 1906 and he has the honor to have made the first
SELF SUPORTED FLIGHT.
The plane is called "14bis" and he was not catapulted like the WBrothes, but rather he took of and landed using engine power and the propellers push.
Later on he developed another design called "Demoiselle" and used it as his personal "car" flying through Paris and landing on parks close to his friends' homes. Both planes can be seen at "Musee del'air" at Le Bourget.
He was also the guy who had the idea for the wrist-watch, and commissioned Cartier to make a custom model for him, and if I am not mistaken it is still available on special order.
Capri From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 311 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2724 times:
What is Taught: The first mention of man in flight was by Roger Bacon, who drew a flying apparatus. Leonardo da Vinci also conceived of airborne transport and drew several prototypes.
What Should be Taught: Ibn Firnas of Islamic Spain invented, constructed and tested a flying machine in the 800's A.D. Roger Bacon learned of flying machines from Arabic references to Ibn Firnas' machine. The latter's invention antedates Bacon by 500 years and Da Vinci by some 700 years
Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2673 times:
Can someone show me a print of the photo Da Vinci took to prove he flew? Or any proof that anyone did it before the Wrights? With no proof really to back it up it looks like the boys from Dayton take the prize. Otherwise I could claim I made the first powered flight and I was not due to be born for another 77 years.. Pretty amazing huh.
(I did go to high school within 3 blocks of the house the Wrights built after they started making money on their invention so i may be a bit biased)
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3119 posts, RR: 11 Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2656 times:
The first ligher than air flight was made by the Mongolfier(sp) flyer. A hot air balloon made with wood and paper by the French. It was lifted by a large fire at the base. The first passengers were a duck, sheep and some other animal. At the time, it was belived that the smoke, not the expansion of air was the cause for the balloon to rise.
If I remember correctly, they put the animals in there because they were afraid humans may not be able to handle the effects of flight