hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 16:55:33 Dec 08, 2010, and is part of the HCF Alberta Online Encyclopedia collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page. Loading media information
Heritage Community Foundation Presents
Alberta Online Encyclopedia
table anchor table anchor table anchor
Alberta's Aviation Heritage
spacer    Home   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Partners   |   Sitemap spacer
spacer History, Planes, People and Virtual Heritage

Bell and Curtiss

Stick and Rudder Pedals


Search Database Collections

Alberta Aviation Museum Tour

Stick and Rudder Pedals

Reproduction of the Silver DartThe Wright brothers had demonstrated that powered flight was possible in their famous 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, but there was still a great need for pilots to have control over the process. The pilot needed to be able to do more than just rise from the ground, glide a distance and then land. The aircraft had to lift, turn, and bank to allow flight to be truly controlled.

The Aerial Experiment Association sought to solve this conundrum, especially when the first aircraft built by the Association, the Red Wing, flew and crashed on 12 March 1908 due to lack of pilot control.

The next aircraft built by the Association was the White Wing, which included control flaps for the first time. These flaps, eventually known as ailerons, proved effective in improving stability in flight.

The Association was eventually able to develop a stick and rudder pedal system, allowing the pilot better control of the flight. The fourth and final model, the Silver Wing, made the first powered, manned flight in the British Commonwealth.


spacer    Copyright © 2004 Heritage Community Foundation All Rights Reserved spacer
Alberta's Aviation Heritage

Albertasource.ca | Contact Us | Partnerships
            For more on aviation in Alberta, visit Peel’s Prairie Provinces.
Copyright © Heritage Communty Foundation All Rights Reserved