Steve and Dan get high without breaking any laws in Flash Past episode 26. On the show they talk about the history of aviation and man’s journey from kite to personal jet.
Around 400 BC the Chinese developed kites, some believe, to be used as part of religious rituals. They have, throughout time, been used for everything from fun to fighting. Hot air balloons were developed around 200 AD but their use as a form of transportation didn’t begin until the late 1700s when Jacques Montgolfier floated some livestock around for a few minutes. By the 1850s George Cayley was thinking of moving man via glider. 1903 rolls around to find the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, and Samuel Langley separately working on inventions that they hope will forever change the way that people get from place to place. The Wright brothers were the only ones who were right. Less than 25 years after the Wright brothers make history Charles Lindbergh makes aviation history by being the first man to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight. He was followed five years later by Amelia Earhart.
Some important aircraft in history include:
- The Wright Flyer
- Spirit of St. Louis
- Spruce Goose
- P-51 Mustang
- Enola Gay – B-29 Bomber
- Bell X-1
- B-24 Bomber – The Liberator
- U-2 and SR-71 spy planes
Last Weeks Trivia Question:
Q: What gives Harley Davidsons their unique sound?
A: The exhaust note is basically a throaty growling sound with some popping. The 45° design of the engine thus creates a plug firing sequencing as such: The first cylinder fires, the second (rear) cylinder fires 315° later, then there is a 405° gap until the first cylinder fires again, giving the engine its unique <
This Week’s Trivia Question:
Q: Who was the first US president to get a pilot’s license?