Aeronautical Engineering (Flight)

Aeronautical Engineering and the History of Flight



1. How far we have come in the past century with respect to aeronautical engineering

2. The historic mission of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina took place a little more than 100 years ago

  • 1903 AD: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered, sustained, and controlled flight in a heavier-than-air flying machine

3. Prior to that, the history of air flight was gradual at best, with periodic advancements taking place separated by centuries

  • 1000 BC – Chinese invent the kite
  • 1250 AD –English cleric Roger Bacon first conceptualizes mechanical flight
  • 1485 AD – Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci drafts theoretical designs for flying machines and parachutes
  • 1709 AD – Portuguese cleric Bartolomeu Laurenço de Gusmao designs the first model glider
  • 1783 AD – French brothers by the name of Montgolfier invent the hot air balloon 1