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Happy 105th B-Day, Aviation!  
User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Noone has posted this, so I will. Today (Dec. 17th) marks the 105th Anniversary of manned and powered flight. The Wright Brothers made their historic flight today on December 17th, 1903. Let's be happy that aviation has come far enough to have a hobby website such as Airliners.Net and even forums that seperate different sections of aviation.

Congrats to spreading the thrill of aviation worldwide!!



 birthday  x 105

787seattle


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User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1889 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Anniversary of the first manned powered flight - yes.
Anniversary of the first manned flight - nope.

Otto Lilienthal did that 6 years earlier.



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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

And 105 years since the first denied boarding........  stirthepot 

User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1838 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1476 times:
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I wonder sometimes how the Wright brothers would react to a 747-400, would they be happy? or completely freaked out at how far evolution has taken their principles in 105 years?

what's also funny to think about is the distance of their first flight, 120 feet, that's like jumping from the nose to the tail of an A320, amazing how far we've come.



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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1440 times:



Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 1):
Anniversary of the first manned powered flight - yes.
Anniversary of the first manned flight - nope.

Otto Lilienthal did that 6 years earlier.

True, but we often attribute powered flight to be the foundation of aviation. Besides, gliding is just way too simple.  duck 

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 3):
I wonder sometimes how the Wright brothers would react to a 747-400, would they be happy? or completely freaked out at how far evolution has taken their principles in 105 years?

I too wonder this. I'd like to think they'd step back, think for a second, and say "now THAT'S an airplane." I don't think they'd be too surprised, but more curious about how all the parts work, in comparison to their own designs. After all, they were scientists, not artists. I'm sure they were very well aware of what possibilities laid beyond their years.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Interesting reminder.
Thanks.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 3):
I wonder sometimes how the Wright brothers would react to a 747-400, would they be happy? or completely freaked out at how far evolution has taken their principles in 105 years?

While it's no 747, Orville Wright lived until 1948, so he did see the Connie and other aircraft of that era, which were still a long way from the 1903 Wright Flyer. Reportedly Orville did once fly on a Constillation, and commented that its wing span was longer than his first flight. (Yes, I know it's Wikipedia, but the article cites a legitimate source for that information)

[Edited 2008-12-17 10:35:46]

User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

And i had my CPL checkride today, what a coincidence Big grin

User currently offlineSpeedmarque From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1349 times:



Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 3):
I wonder sometimes how the Wright brothers would react to a 747-400,

or the larger A380?


User currently offlineAcey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1535 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1337 times:



Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 7):

Congrats!!! What a fitting day to have a checkride. Thanks to the Wright brothers and to all the other aviation pioneers for fueling my passion to carry out my dreams. It's been a fun ride so far and I'm anxious to see where it all takes us.


User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2328 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

It's amazing to think how far we have come in such a short period of history. From that first fledgling flight to supersonic jets, stealth aircraft, and massive airliners. Truly incredible.

And there is no truth to the rumor that Orville's luggage is still missing after that first flight.  Big grin



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1298 times:



Quoting Acey559 (Reply 9):
Congrats!!! What a fitting day to have a checkride

Thanks, luckily i passed Big grin


User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1889 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1231 times:



Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 4):
True, but we often attribute powered flight to be the foundation of aviation.

And that is incorrect. Otto Lilienthal's findings were studied by prof. Octave Chanute, who became the Wright brothers aerodynamics teacher. The brothers built several gliders before they attempted to install an engine on it.

Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 4):
Besides, gliding is just way too simple.

Try to stay in the air for 6 hours and fly over 800 miles on an aircraft with wings and no engine. Then we will talk.



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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1193 times:



Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 12):

And that is incorrect. Otto Lilienthal's findings were studied by prof. Octave Chanute, who became the Wright brothers aerodynamics teacher. The brothers built several gliders before they attempted to install an engine on it.

How can an opinion be incorrect? The truth is we'll never be able to put a real date on the foundation of aviation as I'm sure they experimented with flight back in the roman days, in some way. Dude I'm not knocking your gliding or anything, but I think it's pretty evident that we will always remember the Wright Brother's first powered flight, from a point that was not lower then where the took off, to be one of the greatest flights in the history of aviation.

Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 12):
Try to stay in the air for 6 hours and fly over 800 miles on an aircraft with wings and no engine. Then we will talk.

Again, not really knocking your gliding stuff - that was sarcasm. I have flown a glider myself and must say it's pretty cool. But nothing beats the excitement of a couple hundred pounds of trust strapped on the glider.


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