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  • Flight 100 - History 1909-1918

    News | 02 Jan 2009 00:01 | Philip Jarrett

    Britsh aviation made a slow start, but within the decade the country was making aircraft and the RAF had formed
  • Wright power

    News | 07 Jan 2003 00:00

    <p>PHILIP JARRETT / LONDON CUTAWAY DRAWING: FRANK MUNGER</p> <p>The 1903 Flyer made only four flights before it was destroyed, but achieved its aims and demonstrated the soundness of its concept</p> <p>The 1903 Flyer, the first powered aircraft built by Wilbur and Orville Wright, was the culmination of experimental work that began in 1899 and included tests of kites and manned gliders, extensive windtunnel research and much mathematical calculation. </p> <p>The 1903 Flyer was not simply the 1902 glider fitted with an engine, as has been periodically and erroneously stated; nor was it powered by a modified automobile engine; and neither were its take-offs catapult-assisted. From its inception the 1903 Flyer was designed as a powered aircraft and, except for a few minor off-the-shelf items and subcontracted components, was entirely the work of the Wright brothers, including the powerplant and propellers. Its three-axis control system - the first practical aeroplane control system - ha