Did you know that today is “Wright Brothers Day”? On December 17, 1903 the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, completed the first controlled, powered, and sustained heavier-than-air human flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The name of their airplane was the ‘Wright Flyer’ (the actual airplane is on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC!). The airplane flew for 120 feet, about 10 feet above the ground, at a speed of 6.8 miles per hour (mph). Now, cross-country airplanes can fly for thousands of miles, 30,000 feet above the ground, at a speed of 500 mph!
The Wright brothers first experimented with gliders (airplanes that need the wind to fly) to see how wings with different shapes and different types of rudders behaved in the air and wind. After they understood how to make a stable glider, they added an engine with propellers that could move the airplane independently. They continued to test and improve their designs.
We hope that you have an adventurous day at school today! Remember to be kind and a good friend. We Love You.