On December 17, 1903, the first successful engine-powered, manned airplane was flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright. In a field near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the brothers flew their machine, the Wright Flyer, about 37 meters (120 feet) in 12 seconds. In the following months and years the Wrights built planes that went much farther and faster than their first short hop.
The Wright brothers’ success, along with the work of others, jumpstarted the age of air transport. Aircraft are now used for all kinds of travel and shipping. A trip around the world that once took weeks or months now takes less than a day.
The Wrights’ innovation also allowed engineers to set their sights even higher than the sky. To recognize this, astronauts took a small piece of the Wright Flyer to the moon on the first lunar landing in 1969.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry aircraft Noun
vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.
person who takes part in space flights.
machine that converts energy into power or motion.
person who plans the building of things, such as structures (construction engineer) or substances (chemical engineer).
having to do with Earth's moon or the moons of other planets.
carrying one or more people.
to identify or acknowledge.
transportation of goods, usually by large boat.
to move material from one place to another.
movement from one place to another.