HISTORY OF POWERED FLIGHT

Kodanda, B and Pai, BR (2003) HISTORY OF POWERED FLIGHT. Journal of Aerospace Sciences and Technology, 55 (4). pp. 289-302. ISSN 0972-950X

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    Abstract

    As we move through the 21st century, with each fly-by-wire fighter, each 550-seat airliner costing many years of work, it seems unimaginable that it all began with a few lengths of muslin cloth and a rickety engine, and incredible bravery or naivety 100 years ago. History was made on December 17, 1903 on the wind-swept sand dunes of Kitty Hawk (North Carolina), when the Wright brothers made the first powered heavier-than-air airplane flight with a degree of control. This paper commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight, attempts to highlight the untiring efforts of people in aviation history. The significance of these early efforts to fly from George Caley’s glider to the latest Airbus A-380 and the development of aviation in India from JRD Tata’s pioneering efforts to the indigenous development programmes of a 2 seater light plane (Hansa), a 14 seater light transport multi-role aircraft (Saras), the Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) and the Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) are touched upon. In brief, it traces the formative and the recent years of aviation. It spans the period from 1890 through Wright brother’s impact, first passenger airplanes, engine development when the pilots competed for air races to the present scenario, when any point on earth can be reached in only a few hours by air.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Powered flight, Air Transport, Jet Propulsion, indian Aviation
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    AERONAUTICS > Air Transportation and Safety
    GENERAL > General
    Division/Department: Centre for Civil Aircraft Design and Development, Propulsion Division
    Depositing User: Kodanda B
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 11:22
    Last Modified: 15 May 2013 11:22
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/11645

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