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What is Airplane?

An airplane or aeroplane is a powered, fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller. Airplanes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations. The broad spectrum of uses for airplanes includes recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Commercial aviation is a massive industry involving the flying of tens of thousands of passengers daily on airliners. Most airplanes are flown by a pilot on board the aircraft, but some are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled.

Human flight has become a tired fact of modern life. At any given moment, roughly 5,000 airplanes crisscross the skies above the United States alone, amounting to an estimated 64 million commercial and private take-offs every year. Consider the rest of the world's flight activity, and the grand total is incalculable.

It is easy to take the physics of flight for granted, as well as the ways in which we exploit them to achieve flight. We often glimpse a plane in the sky with no greater understanding of the principals involved than a caveman.

 

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History of Airplane:-

In 1799, George Cayley set forth the concept of the modern airplane as a fixed-wing flying machine with separate systems for lift, propulsion, and control. Cayley was building and flying models of fixed-wing aircraft as early as 1803, and he built a successful passenger-carrying glider in 1853. In 1856, Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Bris made the first powered flight, by having his glider "L' Albatros artificial" pulled by a horse on a beach. Then Alexander F. Mozhaisky also made some innovative designs. In 1883, the American John J. Montgomery made a controlled flight in a glider.

Sir Hiram Maxim built a craft that weighed 3.5 tons, with a 110-foot (34 meter) wingspan that was powered by two 360-horsepower (270 kW) steam engines driving two propellers. In 1894, his machine was tested with overhead rails to prevent it from rising. The test showed that it had enough lift to take off. The craft was uncontrollable, which Maxim, it is presumed, realized, because he subsequently abandoned work on it.

Between 1867 and 1896 the German pioneer of human aviation Otto Lilienthal developed heavier-than-air flight.

The Wright brothers’ flights in 1903 are recognized by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), the standard setting and record-keeping body for aeronautics, as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight". By 1905, the Wright Flyer was capable of fully controllable, stable flight for substantial periods. The Wright brothers credited Otto Lilienthal as a major inspiration for their decision to pursue manned flight.

In 1906, Alberto Santos-Dumont made what was claimed to be the first airplane flight unassisted by catapult and set the first world record recognized by the Aero-Club de France by flying 220 meters (720 ft.) in less than 22 seconds. This flight was also certified by the FAI.

An early aircraft design that brought together the modern monoplane tractor configuration was the Bleriot VIII design of 1908.

In Romania the aircraft, A. Vlaicu nr. 1, was finished in 1909, and was test flown on June 17, 1910. From the first flight the airplane had no need of changes. The plane was made from a single aluminium spar 10 m (33 ft.) long which supported the entire aircraft, making it very easy to fly. Ten planes were made for the Romanian Air Force, being the second-ever military air force in the world.

World War I served as a testbed for the use of the airplane as a weapon. Airplanes demonstrated their potential as mobile observation platforms and then proved themselves to be machines of war capable of causing casualties to the enemy. The earliest known aerial victory with a synchronized machine gun-armed fighter aircraft occurred in 1915, by German Luftstreitkrafte Leutnant Kurt Wintgens. Fighter aces appeared; the greatest was Manfred von Richthofen.

Following WWI, aircraft technology continued to develop. Alcock and Brown crossed the Atlantic non-stop for the first time in 1919. The first international commercial flights took place between the United States and Canada in 1919.

Airplanes had a presence in all the major battles of World War II. They were an essential component of the military strategies of the period, such as the German Blitzkrieg, The Battle of Britain, and the American and Japanese aircraft carrier campaigns of the Pacific War.

 

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Parts of an Airplane:-

1. Fuselage:-The fuselage holds the structure together and accommodates passengers and/or cargo. Modern aircraft fuselage may accommodate up to 800 passengers in economy class and up to 112,700kg cargo.

2. Cockpit:-The cockpit holds the command and control section of an airplane. Modern aircraft cockpits have a number of vital instruments for controlling the airplane on the ground as well as when flying.

3. Power plant (engines):-Engines generate thrust and provide hydraulic and electric power. Modern aircraft are employed with different types of engines, although jet engines are favoured with by most commercial airliners.

4. Undercarriage (landing gear):-The undercarriage, also known as landing gear, provides a platform for the aircraft to stand as well as plays an important obvious role in landing and take-off.

5. Wing:-Wings generate lift and control the airflow while flying. Wing design is a crucial factor in aviation: a wing is designed to reduce drag at the leading edge, generate lift by its crescent and manage airflow using the rear edge. Furthermore, while gliding, the wings allow the pilot to increase and decrease the descent rate.

6. Slat:-Slats adjust the angle of attack of the wings, increasing lift. Slats are fitted at the leading edges of the wings, and deploying them increases the angle of attack of the wings, allowing the pilot to increase the lift generated by the wing.

7. Flap:-Flaps adjust the camber of the wings, increasing lift. Flaps are normally fitted at the trailing edge of the wings. Extending the flaps increase the camber of the wings air foil, thus increasing lift at lower speeds, an important feature for landing.

8. Spoiler:-Spoilers adjust the camber of sections of the wings, decreasing lift. Spoilers are fitted on top of the wings, and are used to reduce lift on a section of the wing in a controlled manner. Spoilers are useful for decreasing lift without increasing the airspeed of the airplane or without increasing drag significantly.

9. Aileron:-Ailerons increase or decrease lift asymmetrically, in order to change roll and, thus, move the aircraft left or right while flying. Ailerons are hinged sections fitted at the rear of each wing. Ailerons work asymmetrically as a pair: as the right aileron goes up, the left one comes down and vice versa, thus making the aircraft roll right or left, respectively.

10. Horizontal stabiliser:-The horizontal stabiliser helps maintain an airplane's equilibrium and stability in flight.

11. Elevator:-Elevators increase or decrease lift on the horizontal stabiliser symmetrically in order to control the pitch motion of an airplane. Elevators are hinged surfaces fitted at the rear of the horizontal stabiliser.

12. Vertical stabiliser:-The vertical stabiliser prevents lateral movements of the airplane. Without a vertical stabiliser, most aircraft would lose lateral control, tend to slip, increase drag and become uncontrollable.

13. Rudder:-The rudder controls the yaw motion of an airplane.

 

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