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How Friend Of The Wind, Air Transport Came Into Being?

How Friend Of The Wind, Air Transport Came Into Being?


Ancient stories tell of people’s wish to fly like a bird. From the Indian Tales around Lord Hanuman, who flew too close to the Sun assuming its a Mango, to the Greek Myth about Icarus to attempt flying using a pair of wings made by his father with feathers and wax. Human curiosity and stubbornness has made him make trails even in the skies! But have you ever thought about how Air Transport came into being?

1. The Brazilian priest, Bartolomeau Lourenco de Gusmao was able to construct a working hot-air balloon but no one ever tried to fly in it. This was the first successful attempt by any human ever to reach the skies.

Bartolomeau Lourenco de Gusmao

2. The first successful flight was made by Jean-Francois Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d’Arlandes, who leisurely flew over Paris rooftops for 23 minutes in a Montgolfier hot-air balloon.

Montgolfier hot-air balloon

via britannica

3. The authentic claim for being the first person who has ever flown is given to Brother Elmer. In AD 1010, he made a kind of paraglider from parchment stretched over a willow.

Brother Elmer

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4. Basic Scientific Principles of Flight were first given to humankind by the barrister and mathematician Sir George Cayley in the early 1800s.

Sir George Cayley

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5. German inventor Otto Lilienthal was the first person to fly in the machine heavier than air and at times along with passengers. He crashed and died in 1896 near Berlin.

German inventor Otto Lilienthal

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6. And here enters the two brothers about whom almost every person has heard at least oncethe Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur. In 1905, they became the first one to design a usable aeroplane.

the Wright brothers

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7. Recently, some reports have suggested that the first aircraft was made by the Indian tech expert and designer, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade in 1895, named Marutsakhā (meaning, a friend of wind)

And thus, there’s a tussle between whom between the two were real Hawaizaada?

8. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in his plane, named, The Spirit of Saint Louis, without stopping, from New York to Paris in approximately 33 hours.

Charles Lindbergh

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9. Do you know, in the 1900s, Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.

The first Indian Woman Pilot was Sarla Thukral (1914 – 15 March 2008).

10. Currently, there are around 7,000 flights air transport in the air at one time!

11. Singapore Airlines spends nearly $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine! Also, about ⅓ of your taste buds are numbed during flight.

Singapore Airlines food

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12. It was calculated that 80% of plane crashes happen in the first 3 minutes after take-off and the last 8 minutes before landing.

Air Transport

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13. The windows in the plane are round to avoid accidents.

Aeroplane window

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Human Beings have truly left a mark not just on land, but in the air!

Expressing the intensity to which an inventor can think, here’s a dialogue from the movie, Hawaizaada:

“Jab main hawaijahaz udaunga na, toh uski dug dug dug ki awaaz mein shor nahi, fakt ek awaaz sunai degi- Vande Mataram!”

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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