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mckeonj
930117.  Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:47 am Reply with quote

The first flight by a powered heavier-than-air manned flying machine, by the Wright Brothers in October 1902 at Kitty Hawk, NC........maybe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_flying_machines
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This article is an overview of early flying machines and aviation research, and an analysis of the debates over early flying machines. The goal is to examine the properties of flying machines, and to list the claims to allow a proper analysis of all the early flying machines. The story of flight begins more than a century before the 1903 Wright Flyer, and goes on some decades with rotorcraft

 
Spud McLaren
936008.  Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:45 pm Reply with quote

Making the internet, er, not-the-internet.

 
Spud McLaren
936009.  Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:48 pm Reply with quote

KITTYHAWK is, apparently, the ICAO designated call sign for military United Kingdom Royal VIP Flights.

 
Spud McLaren
936010.  Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:50 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
The first flight by a powered heavier-than-air manned flying machine, by the Wright Brothers in October 1902 at Kitty Hawk, NC........maybe
"Kitty Hawk became famous after the Wright brothers of Dayton, Ohio, made the first controlled powered airplane flights at the Kill Devil Hills, four miles (6 km) south of the town, on December 17, 1903. After the flights, the brothers walked back to Kitty Hawk, where they sent a telegram from the Weather Bureau office to their father informing him of their success. Kitty Hawk is often mistakenly credited as the site of the powered flights. The Wrights chose the area because its frequent winds and soft sandy surfaces were suitable for their glider experiments, which they conducted over a three-year period prior to making the powered flights."
- Wiki

 
MinervaMoon
936302.  Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:50 pm Reply with quote

The photographer of the famous flight, John T. Daniels, had never seen a camera prior to that day.

 
Sadurian Mike
964826.  Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:30 am Reply with quote

The name 'Kittyhawk' was used by the British for the US Second World War Curtiss P-40D, known as the Warhawk to the Americans.

Earlier models (P-40B and C) were named the Tomahawk by the British.

Britain mainly used the Kittyhawk in the Western Desert, replacing it by Hurricanes and Spitfires when they were available in desert modified form. The USA used them in the Pacific, where they were at a disadvantage against Japanese fighters but were still an enormous improvement on the earlier US models.

Best a low level, the Kittyhawk was often employed in Western Europe as a ground attack aircraft as better interceptor fighters were available. The Kittyhawk's big advantage was that it was cheap to produce whilst remaining effective enough to be employed in front-line combat; it was the Sherman tank of the aircraft world.

An amazingly well preserved example was recently found in the Sahara, having crashed back in 1942.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/british-wwii-plane/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

 
plinkplonk
988240.  Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:28 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
The first flight by a powered heavier-than-air manned flying machine


Am I wrong, but isn't the engine making the machine lighter than air?

 
CB27
988326.  Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:05 pm Reply with quote

It powers the air current to lift the craft, but the craft is definitely heavier than air.

This would be different from a dirigible, which would use gas or heated air to make it lighter than air, and an engine would simply allow you to steer it independenly of the winds.

 

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