Flying Saves Lives

Click the helicopter to travel back in time 100 years.

Wow! Aviation has come a long way in the last 100 years!
We are very close to celebrating the centennial of flight.

Can you guess what the word centennial means?
Hints: Look for a context clue in the sentences above. Also think about a century and a cent.

Go to this site to find out:

1. The exact date of the centennial celebration.

2. Where in North Carolina this event will take place?

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were the first to invent a glider with controlled flight.

Wright flyer construction simulator
The Wright Brothers Game
The Plane Game

Learn the 3 ways airplane flight is controlled. Click here.

What 3 words describe the controlled movements of an airplane?

Learn more about how things fly here.
Activities for teaching flight...(drag, lift, thrust, and weight)
Activities for teaching flight...(the role of lift in fixed-wing flight)
How Things Fly

A little history: Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up in Ohio. Yet they made their famous first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina .

Why? The brothers began their journey into human flight by experimenting with gliders. When they had a full size glider large enough for a man, they needed a place to fly it. Wilbur wrote to the U.S. Weather Bureau for information on the windiest places in the US. He and Orville then journeyed to Kitty Hawk where they tested the 1900 glider. Kitty Hawk was also a good spot for their flight tests for other reasons. The ground was sandy for soft landings, and there were very few trees to get in the way.

What are 3 reasons Orville and Wilbur came to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina,
to conduct their glider experiments?

Now, 100 years later, flying truly saves lives.
Learn how here. Click around on the links at the bottom of this page to learn more.
Write about 4 different ways flying saves lives.