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September 23, 2007

A Brief History

The modern age of aviation began with the first human lighter-than-air flight on November 21, 1783, in a hot air balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers. Balloon flight became increasingly common over longer and longer distances throughout the 19th century, continuing to the present. On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first fully-documented, successful powered, heavier-than-air flight, though their aircraft was impractical to fly for more than a short distance because of control problems. The widespread adoption of ailerons made aircraft much easier to manage, and only a decade later, at the start of World War I, heavier-than-air powered aircraft had become practical for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and even attacks against ground positions. Aircraft began to transport people and cargo as designs grew larger and more reliable. On June 21, 2004, SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded aircraft to make a spaceflight, opening the possibility of an aviation market outside the earth's atmosphere.


Anu said...

hey loved the title of your blog dude.."Wings demystified". kinda reminded me of richard bach :-) if you are really into this, u shd read his books "illusions" and "the gift of wings!". ull like it.

Good work! keep them coming!

Akilan said...


I am glad that you loved the title.. I will read the books you mentioned.. I am really into this anu..

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