Monday, 14 February 2011

100 Years of Powered Flight

Gibraltar Post issued the stamp set to celebrates 100 years of powered flight on year 2003. The celebration was made to commemorate to the Wright Flyer (often retrospectively referred to as Flyer I or 1903 Flyer) as the first powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers. They flew it four times on December 17, 1903 near the Kill Devil Hills, about four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, U.S
The Wrights built the aircraft in 1903 using 'giant spruce' wood as their construction material. The wings were designed with a 1-in-20 camber. Since they could not find a suitable automobile engine for the task, they commissioned their employee Charlie Taylor to build a new design from scratch. A sprocket chain drive, borrowing from bicycle technology, powered the twin propellers, which were also made by hand.The Flyer was a canard biplane configuration.
Their flight has been changing the world. Its a great invention.This matter influence the development of technology. Its have been grown up and great influence to the human life in the world.
The stamp set comprised of 6 stamps and feature the following images:
The Wright Flyer (Kitty Hawk) airplane, flown by Orville Wright, officially the first powered flight on 17th December 1903, recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight";
Charles Lindbergh and 'The Spirit of St Louis' in the first Transatlantic flight on May 21st 1927;
The Boeing 314 (Clipper) with the first transatlantic mail service on May 20th 1939;
The Saunders Roe SARO-21 Windhover Amphibian on the first scheduled service from Gibraltar to Tangiers on September 1931;
The British Airways Concorde, the first supersonic passenger airplane from January 1976 and
NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia, the first space shuttle to fly into Earth orbit in April 1981.

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