Creation Of The Airplane (200BC-Modern Day)
The airplane is a very complicated and exact object to make, with every single little detail being the difference between flight...and crashing. Over the last 2,000 years, mankind has made numerous of changes to the design and structure of a plane, that are designed to make it safer and more efficient. Their are numerous differences between modern day plane construction and that of the earliest vehicles to take to the skies.
The Earliest Aircraft (200BC-1879AD)
The earliest craft to fly were basic kites and gliders that flew using wind power, and had no control of where the vehicle went. The inventors and pilots of these craft flew them from the ground, usually through use of some sort of a tether, and allowed the wind to fly the vehicle for them. They were usually made from canvas and light weight wood, which allowed them to stay light to aid in flight. This group of aircraft and flying machines was the beginning of modern aeronautics, and allowed for the arrival of powered aircraft and manned flight.
In modern times, however, planes have come to obtain much more varied uses. They are now commonplace, and it is a daily occurence to have planes fly overhead ones house. Airports and military bases have become a worldwide industry, devoted to being places for people to gian the necessary access to planes that they need to make them a part of everyday life. From military missions to commercial travel, planes have made a huge impact in the global economy and how goods and military materials are transported. What could once take days no can be done in a metter of hours, allowing for near instantaneous travel and shipping. This has allowed for aviation to become a world wide industry, with billions of dollars allocated to discovering new ways to create and upgrade aircraft.