Big Day in History: Wright Brothers Fly

110 years ago today the world entered the age of flight. There are few things that rival in historical significance. From the History Channel(see video below):

“Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight.”

It is hard to measure the economic, military and political impact this single historical event has had on the past 110 years. Our Daily Snippet today gives us only a taste:

There are almost 10 million commercial flights a year in the US alone.

That nugget of information comes to us from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation via Buzzfeed, who has ten interesting facts about modern flight. Among those:

  • The Boeing 777-200LR can travel 10,793 miles at a max speed of 560 mph at a cruise altitude of 35,000 feet.
  • The X-43A Scramjet can reach a speed of more than 7,000 miles per hour, nine times faster than the speed of sound.