Courtesy of NASA

How do airplanes fly?

How do planes stay in the air? And how did humans figure out that it wasn’t enough to just strap wings to our arms and flap them like birds?

We’ll find out about the invention of airplanes and our co-hosts will share the frustrations and joys of being inventors themselves. Plus: An aviation-inspired mystery sound and paper airplane tips!

Wright Model B Plane
After the Wright brothers perfected their original 1903 design in 1905, and publicly demonstrated it in 1908 and 1909, they began manufacturing airplanes for sale in 1910. Their first offering was the Wright Model B. Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

• More: The ideas behind how lift works (and why NASA says they’re both right)

• SPOILER: If you want to see a video that will give away the answer to the mystery sound, click here.

• Find out more about the Invention Convention


This episode was originally posted on June 28, 2016. Listen to that version below.

How do airplanes fly?
by MPR