Well, since I'm flying today (meaning Friday) from Texas to West Virginia for a wedding on Saturday and a visit with old friends (I shall refrain from saying 'really old friends'....lol), it seems appropriate to discuss Mike Flanagan's comments on "The First Flight of the Wright Brothers" in his book It's About Time: How Long History Took, page 4. Here's what Flanagan says:
"They had worked as printers and bicycle manufacturers, but brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright found themselves captivated by the aeronautical experiments of Otto Lilienthal. Their tests and experiments became serious in 1901 when they constructed a wind tunnel to test such far-flung ideas as wind resistance. On December 17, 1903, they successfully tested the first heavier-than-air machine (745 pounds) at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with Orville flying at an altitude of ten feet and a distance of 120 feet. Three flights followed on that day. On the last one, Wilbur flew 852 feet in 57 seconds."
The first flight, of 120 feet, lasted 12 seconds.
Here's some websites on the Wright Brothers and their place in history:
Information on Otto Lilienthal:
I love to fly. I'm not afraid of it at all. I flew the first time when I was six and my father was sent to Guam by the Air Force. My mother, sister and aunt flew over six months after daddy went, cause a house on base was finally available for us. It was a 16 hour flight with a layover in Hawaii. Of course, two years later, we had to fly back. I remember the fact that we arrived back in the States before we left Guam...meaning Guam is on the other side of the International Date line. So, okay, I don't remember the dates now, but it was in July....and, for example, we left on July 6th, but arrived on July 5th.
I didn't fly again for many years, until I was 16, then again when I was 18 and went to Finland as an exchange student, and of course, back home. Again, a few years past before I flew with my children in the early 90's. The last time I flew was Pre-9/11, in 2000. So this will be my first experience with the new regulations. I have all my small bottles in my ziplock and since I was prescribed cough medicine today, I checked the government regulations on that. If it's over 3 oz, I have to have it checked by security. Not a problem. I'll do that, just so I'm not coughing during the nuptials.
I'm very much looking forward to my trip. And I thank the Wright Brothers for allowing me to make the trip in 2 1/2 hours, instead of 3 days!
What is your most memorable flight experience? I wont' comment about mine right now, but it's when I learned to carry underwear on your carryon luggage, not just in the 'checked' bags!