Flyer Research Papers

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The very first motorized aircraft, made by the Wright brothers and named "Flyer I," was a brilliant vehicle and was the dawn of airplane travel. Since its final flight in 1903, there have been many different versions of the airplane (which evolved faster than any other mode of travel, which is due to warfare, as WWI came quickly after its development), all of them for advanced (and safer) than the Flyer I, however, none of those come first so the Wright brother's plane wins. It contained an engine that was the first of its time, a wing design that was efficient and effective, and an interesting control system. The Flyer I was not without faults, though. In fact, it had many. On the other hand, it had many successes over its flight. The wing design was both innovative and effective, making it tremendous for the first ever motorized flight. For…show more content…
For instance, it was the very first aircraft to use in a aluminum crankcase (a covering over a crankshaft). Later on, aluminum became commonly used in aircrafts due to its light weight. The very simple engine produced 12 horsepower, despite not having a fuel pump, carburetor (a device used in an engine that is used to combine air with liquid fuel), or spark plugs (a device that burns the air/liquid fuel mixture made by the carburetor). Gasoline was gravity-fed into the engine from a quart-and-a-half tank that was mounted on a wing strut of an upper wing. From there, the gasoline fell into a chamber next to the cylinders (a piston chamber in a combustion/steam engine) and mixed with air. The crankcase would then vaporize the gasoline/air mixture and the mixture would pass into the cylinders. Now that the mixture was in the cylinders, the plane could be started and clone, but to start the engine initially, the Wright brothers had to use a coil and four dry-cell batteries that were not kept on the
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