It is commonly claimed that the Wright brothers invented aircraft. However, it has also been claimed that Santos Dumont did. Who invented the first aircraft?

A few years ago, I visited the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills, NC (near Kitty Hawk in the North Carolina Outer Banks; their experiments actually took place at Kill Devil Hills):National MemorialBefore my visit, I'd thought of the Wright brothers more or

What is the least expensive ultra light airplane that can fit two people?

If you are outside the USA, "ultralight" may be defined in a different way, but you asked about an"ultra light" it gets confusing. If you are in the USA, an "ultralight" is defined in FAA part 103, and is limited to one person (a

In 25 words or less, how do I takeoff in a plane?

Throttle up. Wind speed? 10 degrees right. Check lights, roger roger. Tower says clear. Throttle full. Release brakes. Check speed. Maximum velocity, pull back. Back I said, pull damn you! Flaps up! more power! Treeline 200 meters, 150. Full power, hard! We're not gonna make it! Brace for impact!

What is the least expensive ultra light airplane that can fit two people?

If you are outside the USA, "ultralight" may be defined in a different way, but you asked about an"ultra light" it gets confusing. If you are in the USA, an "ultralight" is defined in FAA part 103, and is limited to one person (a

How will the flying cars be more convenient than planes and helicopters?

When the problems of air traffic congestion and non-pilot occupants are worked out there will be a period of rich-folks-only. It is likely that the cost will keep the average person from actually owning one. Instead, flying cars will be like taxicabs, but automated.This is the point where flying cars will become essential parts of transportation services, but

How are jet engines lubricated?

You can get the complete insight of how an aircraft engine ia lubricated right here.Aircraft Nerds: How Aircraft engine oil system works?

Why do pilots need checklists to fly planes, but teachers manage classrooms without any?

Checklists cannot be used for the cases the poster asks, at least not objectively.Pilots use checklists because they have a set of objective activities which must be undertaken. For example, preparing a given plane for flight involves executing the same checklist every time. A hundred people can look at the activity performed and the item on the

How are jet engines lubricated?

You can get the complete insight of how an aircraft engine ia lubricated right here.Aircraft Nerds: How Aircraft engine oil system works?

How are jet engines lubricated?

You can get the complete insight of how an aircraft engine ia lubricated right here.Aircraft Nerds: How Aircraft engine oil system works?

Why do pilots need checklists to fly planes, but teachers manage classrooms without any?

Checklists cannot be used for the cases the poster asks, at least not objectively.Pilots use checklists because they have a set of objective activities which must be undertaken. For example, preparing a given plane for flight involves executing the same checklist every time. A hundred people can look at the activity performed and the item on the

What are the pros and cons of working in aviation industry?

if u define the term Aviation, then I can answer,.Pilots? Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Flight Dispatcher, Air traffic controller? Airport manager? Airport civil Engineer?Aircraft Insurer? Law maker?Jeppesen - a private company was sole monopoly in making navigation maps and charts. Do U know that? 100% pilots were using those charts.Nowadays, they provide it in soft form to be loaded in

Did the Allies have any effective jet fighters in WWII?

RAF Meteor Squadron received their first delivery of Gloster Meteors on July 12 1944, and they saw action mainly against V1 flying bombs. It was the world's first operational jet fighter. There is a report of one inconclusive encounter against

Could the X-37B space plane carry a human passenger?

It's apparent that military aviation is moving rapidly towards the use of unmanned drones. This is one area where an unmanned drone makes an enormous amount of sense.Attempting to modify the X-37B to carry a human pilot would be very difficult to

Is it common for airplane pilots to see UFOs?

No, so far have I been able to identify other flying objects as aircraft, weather balloons, paragliders, birds, plastic bags and planet Venus.

What is the science behind landing?

What is the science behind landing?If you're looking to find a way to scientifically land an airplane you're going to be disappointed. Yes, there are some

Do airline pilots have more chances of encountering UFO's?

ABSOLUTELY YES!But before you get excited, let me happily burst your bubble of excitement.A UFO simply means in it's most literal sense "Unidentified Flying Object". Means if an aircraft pilot flying at a certain altitude encounters something there which he can't identify will technically be called a Unidentified...  Flying... 

An airliner with 400 passengers needs to land immediately at the nearest airport. Would Area 51 let it land there?

Everyone has stated something but then seems to ignore it in the next sentence.The basic statement is something like:

Why were early and pre-WWII fighters given guns of different calibers?

At the beginning of WW2, aircraft machine guns were usually .30 caliber (0.3 inch = 7.62 mm), a relatively light machine gun.  A machine gun is useful because of its high rate of fire, putting a spray of projectiles out toward and around the target.  An aircraft's automatic cannon, firing

If I fell from a plane, 35000 ft in the air into the Pacific, what are my chances of survival?

Very slim, close to none, unless your name is Vesna Vulović (33000 feet on solid ground), or Larisa Savitskaya (free fall from 5200 meters and two days of survival alone in the forest).

Are cars more dangerous than planes?

In most regards, the plane wins here. When looking at sheer numbers, cars cause much more casualties than planes each year which has one simple reason:Not every half-wit is allowed to fly a plane, let alone big airliners.In the USA you can drive a car alone at the age of 16 after passing a test that

Why do planes fly straight and level guided by the gyroscope if the earth is anything but flat?

I do not believe the above interpretation of how the gyro works by the respondent Eric Schwertfeger, nor how he interprets his cited reference. The reference states :

What is the science behind landing?

What is the science behind landing?If you're looking to find a way to scientifically land an airplane you're going to be disappointed. Yes, there are some

Which airplane was the best WWII night fighter?

The other answers already submitted touch on some aspects but not others. In terms of quantity the Bf-110 was probably the most numerous night fighter having reasonable effectiveness. The Ju-88 was also important numerically. These two aircraft carried the brunt of the war against the RAF night area bombers.

Do any airplanes fly into Area 51?

Yes, the US Airforce operates a fleet of unmarked Boeing 737s from a private terminal at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.

Do airline pilots have more chances of encountering UFO's?

ABSOLUTELY YES!But before you get excited, let me happily burst your bubble of excitement.A UFO simply means in it's most literal sense "Unidentified Flying Object". Means if an aircraft pilot flying at a certain altitude encounters something there which he can't identify will technically be called a Unidentified...  Flying... 

An airliner with 400 passengers needs to land immediately at the nearest airport. Would Area 51 let it land there?

Everyone has stated something but then seems to ignore it in the next sentence.The basic statement is something like:

Have airline pilots ever seen a UFO?

I've received a few such reports from pilots during my time working as an air traffic controller. We encourage pilots to report anything unusual, and I believe that they usually will. Pilots are naturally curious, in general, and are likely to ask us about something if they

Has anyone been hearing that in Ireland, their aviation had reports by their pilots of a UFO? Why is this not being talked about?

It is being talked about. It's on freaking CNN. Pilots see 'very fast' UFO above Ireland They were commercial pilots who saw weird lights, which didn't show up on radar and no one knows exactly what they were. Although meteors coming in on a flat trajectory is the

Do you need a degree to become a pilot? If yes, what degrees will you need?

Short Answer: No.Long Answer: Well its not necessary to have a degree to become a pilot but some airlines do need you to have a degree. There are 2 adavantages of not having a degree.You save money.You save time.There are 2 advantages of having a degree.You have job securityYou get a wider range

How can an army pilot become an astronaut?

How indeed! Believe me, I'm as incensed as you. How, with all of the qualified Air Force, Navy, and Marine candidates can NASA bother to fill openings with Army personnel?Army astronautsBut if you are in the Army and want to find your way into NASA's astronaut corps, here are some things you

How do aircraft and spacecraft differ?

Propulsion systems are the primary difference. Aeroplane engines require oxygen from air in order to burn fuel. Spacecraft carry oxygen with them. Liguid fueled rocket engines burn fuel mixed with an konboard oxidizer. Solid fuel rocket engines have the propellant and oxidizer mixed together, once ignited they burn till the propellant supply

As a commercial pilot, how much do you make?

Most commercial pilots make very little actual money - nearly starvation wages. Maybe a flight instructor makes $20 - $30 per hour, but that only counts hours spent actually flying, and he is lucky to get 15 or 20 of those per week. Maybe he flies

What's wrong with an X-wing aircraft in real life? Would one be able to fly? Would it be aerodynamic? Would it be easy to control?

An aircraft with the X-Wing starfighter configuration wouldn't fly easily because the wings are set too far back for stable pitch. The center of lift is very aftward, probably inducing a strong pitch down moment, like a seesaw with the fulcrum placed closer to one

Who is Neil Armstrong?

Here's a link to everything you want to know about Neil Armstrong: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Neil+Armstrong

What is the largest aircraft that can land on a US aircraft carrier?

Edit: Sorry guys, I just found out that the P-8 and C-40 are naval aircraft but do not necessarily operate off aircraft carriers. Thanks for letting me know @ Craig Good! Edit:Currently, the largest aircraft that operates off an aircraft carrier is the C-2 Greyhound. However, a C-130 Hercules has successfully landed on an aircraft carrier.

Which type of fuel is used in an airplane?

There are different types of fuels used in aviation industry and the fuel to be used will be based on type of engine installed in the aircraft. The fuel used in commercial aircraft's and in fighter aircraft's is kerosene based, where complete purified kerosene

What could have been done before reentry to fix the damage on the wing of Columbia?

Precious little.Here's the thing:There was no ability to get to ISS (Columbia's orbit was a completely different inclination.)Unless they had started processing the next shuttle almost immediately (and cut corners) there was very little chance of getting another shuttle up in time.There was no robot-arm on board or MMUs

How much does it really cost to become a commercial pilot?

I really don't know (and nobody else does either) exactly how much it costs to get the ratings you mention in your question.  You will need a Private Pilot certificate, a Commercial Pilot certificate, an Instructor certificate, and would be well advised to also get

What are the total fees for becoming a commercial pilot after 12th?

Fee's vary greatly depending on country, school, equipment, flight training location and other country specific factors.In general the US is known as a place for less expensive flight training delivered at a high quality and in a short time (all these factors depend on which state you

What is the minimum order size for buying Boeing 747s?

I'm not aware of any minimum buying requirements for B-747's or A-380's. But pricing and scheduling will vary depending upon production slots available.You will also need to put down a very hefty deposit with letters of irrevocable credit once you sign a contract.Boeing has not announced a stop sell on B-747-800's and

How many 747s are still in active service?

Aerospace One: 1 freight (SX-ASO), 1 combi (SX-ASC)AHS Air International: 1 freight (AP-BIO)Cargo Air Lines: 1 combi (4X-ICM)Caspian Airlines: 1 freight (EP-CQA)Iran Air: 3 passenger (EP-IAG, EP-IAH, EP-IAI), 1 combi (EP-ICD)Jet Star: 1 freight (ER-BBS)Kabo Air: 3 passenger (5N-DKB, 5N-JRM, 5N-MAD)Kalitta Air: 2 passenger (N715CK, N793CK), 4 freight (N704CK, N746CK, N794CK,* N795CK*)Kam

Which is the biggest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier?

The largest ever was indeed the C-130 Hercules. It never was put into operational use though. The largest aircraft to land on an aircraft operationally was the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior, followed F-14 (based on weight) and A-5 Vigilante (based on length). The C-2

Why are many astronauts former test pilots?

Because being a test pilot is a big part of being an astronaut.  We are not yet at the stage where spacecraft are considered operational.  They are experimental.  You might have noticed that all four of the astronauts selected for the first commercial spaceflights are test pilots.  

How are the landing gear doors of a shuttle aircraft secured from the extreme heat?

The shuttle's orientation in relation to the airflow is key to avoiding heat damage.  As the shuttle reenters the atmosphere and encounters the increasingly dense air mass, the pilot puts it into an attitude of a blunt body, causing a massive shock wave as it passes through the air.  The

How do the wings of an aeroplane remain fixed with the main body? It seems like the wings are huge and quite heavy.

In the larger aircraft of today, the transports, the outer wings are attached to a

How to take a pilot license after 10th

After 10th you can take your PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE (PPL):PPL is issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation DGCA, New Delhi after a written examination conducted by Director General of Civil Aviation.Minimum 40 hours of flying, out of which 20 hours of solo flying