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The Art of Invention

Airplane Control - Wright Brothers


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Flying Machine


Orville & Wilber Wright

The biggest problem for those working to develop the airplane was controlling the machine in flight.

In their patent for a "Flying-Machine," Orville and Wilber Wright describe a method of controlling an airplane in flight by twisting the airplane's wing tips. A rope / pulley configuration provides the pilot the means "for maintaining or restoring the equilibrium or lateral balance of the apparatus, to provide means for guiding the machine both vertically and horizontally…" 

This patent opened the skies to the aerospace industry.


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Last updated: March 5, 2007

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