14 Facts About Fixed-wing aircraft


Fixed-wing aircraft is a heavier-than-air flying machine, such as an airplane, which is capable of flight using wings that generate lift caused by the aircraft's forward airspeed and the shape of the wings.

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Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from rotary-wing aircraft, and ornithopters .

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The wings of a fixed-wing aircraft are not necessarily rigid; kites, hang gliders, variable-sweep wing aircraft and airplanes that use wing morphing are all examples of fixed-wing aircraft.

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In 1906, Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos Dumont designed, built and piloted an Fixed-wing aircraft that set the first world record recognized by the Aero-Club de France by flying the 14 bis 220 metres in less than 22 seconds.

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The earliest known aerial victory with a synchronized machine gun-armed fighter Fixed-wing aircraft occurred in 1915, by German Luftstreitkrafte Leutnant Kurt Wintgens.

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An airplane is a powered fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller.

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Gliders and sailplanes can share a number of features in common with powered Fixed-wing aircraft, including many of the same types of fuselage and wing structures.

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Model glider Fixed-wing aircraft are models of Fixed-wing aircraft using lightweight materials such as polystyrene and balsa wood.

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Kites were the precursors to the traditional Fixed-wing aircraft, and were instrumental in the development of early flying craft.

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Wings of a fixed-wing aircraft are static planes extending to either side of the aircraft.

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Larger Fixed-wing aircraft have rigid wing surfaces which provide additional strength.

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Pilotless Fixed-wing aircraft do not usually have a pilot or any other flight crew or passengers on board.

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Larger passenger Fixed-wing aircraft have a separate passenger cabin or occasionally cabins which are physically separated from the cockpit.

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An unmanned Fixed-wing aircraft has no pilot but is controlled remotely or via means such as gyroscopes or other forms of autonomous control.

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