heavier-than-air aircraft


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heavier-than-air aircraft

Aircraft supported in the atmosphere by lift derived from aerodynamic forces.
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They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on that momentous day four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the United States.
A hybrid airship, however, combines features of both lighter- and heavier-than-air aircraft. Hybrid airships are smaller than the conventional airship and the gas lift largely supports the unloaded weight of the vehicle.
She was born five months BEFORE aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot successfully crossed the English Channel to the white cliffs of Dover in the world's first heavier-than-air aircraft on July 25, 1909.