The “Predawn of Flight”!
Is anyone still alive who lived prior to the Wright Brothers 1st flight? The answer may surprise you…
The Wright brothers built and tested a series of kite and glider designs from 1900 to 1902 before attempting to build a powered design. The gliders worked, but not as well as the Wrights had expected based on the experiments and writings of their 19th-century predecessors. Their first glider, launched in 1900, had only about half the lift they anticipated. Their second glider, built the following year, performed even more poorly. Rather than giving up, the Wrights constructed their own wind tunnel and created a number of sophisticated devices to measure lift and drag on the 200 wing designs they tested. As a result, the Wrights corrected earlier mistakes in calculations regarding drag and lift. Their testing and calculating produced a third glider with a higher aspect ratio and true three-axis control. They flew it successfully hundreds of times in 1902, and it performed far better than the previous models. By using a rigorous system of experimentation, involving wind-tunnel testing of airfoils and flight testing of full-size prototypes, the Wrights not only built a working aircraft, the Wright Flyer, but also helped advance the science of aeronautical engineering. All this was happening however, in the age of the “Predawn of Flight”!
– This all changed when the Wrights made the first sustained, controlled, powered heavier-than-air manned flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, four miles (8 km) south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. This poses a question… Is anyone still alive on this earth prior to the Dawn of Flight?
Question? How many people in the world are still alive who were living prior to the Wright Brothers 1st Flight? (As of December 17th 2018)
Answer – *2
How many Americans?
Answer – 0
How many Men?
Answer – 0
Who are they?
*Up date: Shimoe Akiyama passed away on 29 January 2019.
These are the last few documented “Super-Centenarian’s” who walked (or crawled) on the earth in the “Predawn of Flight”.