Today marks the anniversary in 1903 of the first sustained motorized airplane flight by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, NC. They flew 6.8 miles per hour. Orville was the pilot. Wilbur ran along side. This is a photo of the 12 second flight.
It amazes me that their three-axis control system which allowed the pilot to actually control the plane in flight is still standard on today’s aircraft.
Our plane last month from Minneapolis to New York was pushed along at 600 miles an hour by some strong tail winds. The pilot made a point of proudly announcing this as we arrived well ahead of schedule at LaGuardia airport. I think the Wright brothers would be pretty amazed by that. I don’t know what the would think of the current state of commercial air travel.
How would you change modern air travel? Be creative.