On August 19, 1871, Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio. With his older brother Wilbur, Orville created the first flying machine that was heavier than air, self-propelled, and controllable. The Wrights' airplanes were distinguished by their unique three-axis control system, which is still used in nearly all airplanes today. The system is like a steering wheel, but the pilot pulls to go up (ascend), and pushes to go down (descend).
The first planes were used for utility work, like postal delivery to remote areas. As the Wrights and others built larger and faster models, modern uses like passenger travel and cargo delivery became more common.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry axis Noun
an invisible line around which an object spins.
Encyclopedic Entry: axis cargo Noun
goods carried by a ship, plane, or other vehicle.
distant or far away.
movement from one place to another.
one of a kind.