airfoil history
Aviation History

History of the Airfoil

Some of the first research on curvatures or the camber of a wing, known as an airfoil, was conducted by the famous Wright brothers. As powered flight was in its infancy, airfoils were traditionally hand-built for each aircraft. Prior to World War 1, there was no standardized airfoil that was used on multiple planes, and Read More…

otto lilienthal
Aviation Pioneers

Otto Lilienthal

Many kids and teens are interested in flying, and some even get in trouble with their parents for trying to put their plans into motion. But Otto Lilienthal, considered by many to be the first true aviator, started building flying machines with his brother as a teen—and he never stopped. Born in Pomerania, Germany, in Read More…