(07-05-2014, 02:27 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:
(07-05-2014, 09:12 AM)Below Average Genius Wrote: The world would not have had planes or jets either if the US hadn't been invented.
well, it looks like Europe were ahead of the game when it came to planes.. wouldnt have had planes if its wasnt for the US?
sorry, i cant help myself.. you make it so easy..
Quote:The first fixed-wing aircraft: The 14-bis versus the Wright Flyers
Flight of Santos Dumont, Le Petit Journal, 25 November 1906
Mainstream aviation historians credit the Wright Brothers with the creation of the first successful heavier-than-air flying machine, able to take off under its own power and capable of sustained and controlled flight.
The Wrights used a launching rail for their 1903 flights and a launch catapult for their 1904 and 1905 machines, while the aircraft of Santos-Dumont and other Europeans had wheeled undercarriages. The Wright Brothers continued to use skids, which necessitated the use of a dolly running on a track. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, founded in France in 1905 to verify aviation records, stated among its rules that an aircraft should be able to take off under its own power in order to qualify for a record. Supporters of Santos-Dumont maintain that this means the 14-bis was, technically, the first successful fixed-wing aircraft.
The issue of which aircraft was first or more practical is a matter of debate between supporters of Santos-Dumont and the Wright brothers. The Wrights flew earlier with no official witness, and Santos-Dumont took off on wheels before the Wrights did, earning a variety of prizes and official records in France. Santos-Dumont's flights in the 14-bis contributed to the development of aviation by publicly demonstrating the feasibility of heavier-than-air flight, which encouraged other pioneers in Europe to begin or quicken the pace of their experiments.
The US included Patent protection in 1789. The French thought the US protection was a good idea and added patent protection to their own laws in 1781, two years later.
Thanks for confirming my original point: Different parts of the world have followed the lead of the US.
The French plane flew 3 years after the Wright plane flew and five years after Whitehead flew. But the key point here isn't who flew first, but that patent protection made ALL the flights possible both in the US and in France.
There are smart people all over the world capable of inventing things. But most happen in the US (more than 50% of the world's patents) , Europe and Japan where patents are honored.