Home   About   Timeline   The Book


Airplane




 

Not a single human being had ever flown a powered aircraft when the 20th century began. By century's end, flying had become relatively common for millions of people, and some were even flying through space. The first piloted, powered, controlled flight lasted 12 seconds and carried one man 120 feet. Today, nonstop commercial flights lasting as long as 15 hours carry hundreds of passengers halfway around the world.


 


     Airplane
     Early Years
     Timeline
     Control Surfaces
     WW I
     Early Commercial
     WW II, Jet Engines
     Computers, Private Planes
     Essay - Kent Kresa





Copyright © 2014 by National Academy of Engineering. All rights reserved. Printer-Friendly Version. Text-Only Version. Contact Us.