Forces of Flight

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10952

Lift, thrust, drag, weight, Newton, Bernoulli. Sounds like weight training, but they all combined in the Wright Brothers' first flight. Watch the actual flight film and create a model plane at home!



learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


An amazing flight for 1903! How did the Wright brothers do it?

 Wright Brothers first flight 17 December 1903

Image by John T. Daniels, via Wikimedia Commons, is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppprs.00626 and is in the public domain in the United States.

Man has long been interested in flight.

Many flying machines were tested in the early 19th century because of this quest and desire to fly. In 1903, the Wright Brothers were able to successfully fly an airplane. They spent five years designing and testing a powered airplane that could fly instead of glide, because they figured out the forces of aerodynamics (as defined by Learner's Dictionary).

In this lesson, you will discover the four forces of aerodynamics and investigate how planes can fly. First, let's take a look at the Wright Brothers' historic first flight. Watch Wright Brothers' First Flight, 1903:


Now that you have watched the footage of the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, it's time to examine the forces of aerodynamics. Watch How Do Planes Fly? to take a closer look:

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