Why the Plane was Invented and Some Historical Tidbits

Why the Plane was Invented and Some Historical Tidbits

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You may wonder why the plane was invented?

Due to man’s desire to discover new methods of transportation and the desire to travel long distances without the complications of terrain as well as to travel in the shortest time possible, the plane was then created.

What was the first flight in history?

While many believe that the airplane was invented by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, N.C., it was said that the first man to fly was New Zealander Richard Pearse in 1902, eight months before the Wright brothers first flew. Pearse, according to witnesses, flew a length of 50 to 400 yards in a heavier-than-air machine. Pearse’s aircraft was the first to use proper ailerons, which allowed the wings to warp and turn the aircraft. Though many credit the invention of airplanes to the Wright brothers, Richard Pearse never reported his inventions because he didn’t know there was any interest in flying. However, the Wright brothers were the first flyers to be officially recorded and the first to have also patented their invention. Though the Wright brothers tested many gliders in the early 1900s, none of them counted as an actual aircraft, and the brothers didn’t achieve flight until late 1903 with their first plane, the Flyer I. The craft weighed over 600 pounds, and Orville Wright was the first pilot, which was decided through a toss coin. The craft remained airborne for 12 seconds and traveled a little over 120 feet.

To zoom in on the aviation history of the Philippines, here is a timeline of the Philippine Airline Industry:

  • The government created an office under of the Department of Commerce and Communications to handle the airline matters, in 1931.
  • The first domestic airline, Philippine Airlines or commonly called now as PAL, was founded in 1941. PAL is now also the flag-carrier airline of the Philippines. As it is the sole domestic airline, PAL was virtually monopolizing the country’s aviation industry as it is the only domestic airline in 1973. In 1978, the airline was given a new franchise, however, under a provision that the government regulated the fares.
  • The Civil Aeronautics Board and the Civil Aeronautics Administration was reorganized due to the Republic Act 776 in 1952.
  • The industry was liberalized with the establishment of domestic and international civil aviation liberalization policy and the government control was removed in 1995.
  • By 1999, competing airlines increased. Due to this, PAL’s market share decreased. By 2000s, several budget airlines have already low prices on plane fares, where it is almost as low as a common jeepney or tricycle ride.

Why the Plane was Invented and Some Historical Tidbits

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