Geek(s) Of The Week: The Wright Brothers

Geek(s) Of The Week: The Wright Brothers

Everyone knows of the fateful day in December 1903 when Orville and Wilbur Wright literally flew themselves into the history books. They are, of course, credited with building the first airplane, and with it making the first powered, heavier-than-air flight. The initial voyage lasted only 12 seconds and spanned a mere 120 feet, but it established that heavier-than-air flight was possible. It is amazing to think how far aviation has come in just over 100 years. We can now fly faster than the speed of sound, across land or water, and for hours at a time.

The real breakthrough for the Wright brothers was their invention of three axis control. Now know as roll, pitch, and yaw this is still the standard method used to control the advanced fixed wing aircraft of today. From fighter planes to jumbo jets, this is still the preferred control method. The Wright Brothers… bicycle shop owners, pilots, and now Geeks of the Week.

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