Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip by Ladybird

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This model performed brilliantly in many test flights. But George was desperate to see how it would fly with a live pilot. 45 Now if he was one of the ballooning Montgolfier brothers he would have given the pilot’s job to a duck or a sheep. But George wanted a real live human pilot. This model glider, while almost full-sized, could not support an adult pilot, so George needed to find a smaller-scale pilot. A local ten-year-old boy walked by the Cayley house at just the wrong time. George decided he was the perfect size and showed him over the model glider 46 and somehow managed to convince him be its pilot.

47 In 1853, even though he was 80 years old, he built his first full-sized glider. This time, he gave the honour of being pilot to his coachman. It was an honour his coachman didn’t really want. But once again George managed to convince him. Cayley pushed the glider and pilot off a hill on his farm. They flew flat and low for a distance of 500 metres across a small valley and crash-landed on the other side. Cayley’s coachman had become the first person to fly freely in a winged aircraft. This was yet another great moment in aviation history.

Lower air pressure above the wing and greater air pressure below the wing! That means the wing is sucked from above and pushed from below. So the wing rises up, taking the plane with it. This is called lift. And it is this lift that makes every winged aeroplane fly. We have no record of Horatio Phillips ever building and testing wings, but he certainly wrote many papers about them, which other aviation inventors read. 17 That’s because of that Law of Gas Behaviour I was telling you about. 50 From 1884 onwards they started building their gliders and planes with Horatio Phillips’s airfoil wings.

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