The Aeroplanes: The History Of The Aeroplane

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1127 words
1127 words

The humble aeroplane commonly known as the airplane or just plane has become a staple of everyday life for the majority of us. Aeroplanes are used for a vast variety of reasons, the most common being transporting people long distances in a very short amount of time. However, this is not the only role that they play in society, they are used for many other things such as; transportation of goods, recreation, military and research. Aeroplanes are a fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust, usually from a jet engine or propeller. This essay will discuss the history of how this technology that we know and love came to fruition and how it reached the market through diffusion.

The history of the aeroplane dates back surprisingly …show more content…

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  • Explains that the humble aeroplane has become a staple of everyday life for the majority of us. they are used for transportation of goods, recreation, military, and research.
  • Explains that the history of the aeroplane dates back to around 400 b.c. in greece with the greek legend of icarus where the first flying device was created.
  • Explains how george cayley's replica glider research on the way birds fly and their wing design led to the development of aeronautics.
  • Explains that world war i proved to be the ultimate test ground for the new technology as allies started to develop the technology further as they realised it potential.
  • Explains that the need for air-transport made it desirable due to world war i as many retired bombers were turned into commercial airliners. british aviation company de havilland built a ten passenger plane that seated it occupants in comfort.
  • Explains how the diffusion of air-travel to the public was diffused like most innovative new technologies to hit the market, through the tricked down effect.
  • Explains that the de havilland comet was the first aircraft to be built in 1949, and that aeroplanes aided the globalisation movement by shrinking distances between other parts of the world.
  • Explains that since the invention of the jet engine and the wide body aircraft, the aviation industry has not had many drastic changes. the concorde is the only exception to the evolution of modern aircraft.
  • Explains that the british airways concorde 1981 aircraft was decommissioned in 2003 due to safety implications and fire concerns. it was the only rival to modern day jetliners and is unfortunately now not it operation.
  • Opines that the aeroplane is an invention that has always and will always be at the forefront of innovation.

The folio entitled “Codex on the Fight of Birds” acknowledged his attempts to design and create a man-powered aircraft/gliding device. Leonardo’s efforts however did not succeed (LEONARDO, MARINONI, p2-3). Despite this research and study it was not until the 19th century when Sir George Cayley proposed the blue prints for the modern aeroplane. Cayley’s proposition was a machine that that had separate systems for lift, control and propulsion. In 1853 he built his first glider with passengers (Britannica 2013). Between 1850 and 1900 dozens of inventors and innovators had worked on the concept of flight taking on from one another. This lead to the greater understanding of aviation. It was not until 1903 until we saw the famous Wright brothers develop the first sustained heaver than air flight recognised by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) (FAI 2007). From here the development of aeronautics was accelerated. In 1905 the Wright Flyer III was developed and could be fully controlled by the user. Shortly after in 1906 Alberto Santos Dumont developed the first known flight without the use of a catapult, certified by the FAI. By 1908 the Bleriot VII was innovated the first aircraft to have a joystick and rudder. This was the replaced but he Bleroit XI in 1909 (Crouch 1982, p21-22). Ten of these aircraft were produced and sold to Romanian Air Force (one of the very first …show more content…

Within the following decade need for air-transport made it very desirable. This is mainly due to World War I as many of the retired bombers were turned into commercial airliners. Soon after these flights commenced it became very apparent that in order to be making any financial again there needed to be more people on these aircraft as they could initially fit four passengers (Century of Flight 2008). British aviation company de Havilland built a ten passenger plane that seated it occupants in comfort called the de Havilland Dragon. 1930’s saw the expansion of the commercial airliner market (Century of Flight 2008). As the need for air-transport grew so did the supply, as for any demand. Ailing such as Lufthansa (Germany), United Airlines (United States), Imperial Airways (Britain) and KLM were just some of the airlines that started operating in this

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