From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

An airplane or aeroplane (informally plane) is a powered fixed-wing aircraft that is moved forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller. The Wright brothers made the first successful airplane in 1903. Later airplanes are made in many sizes, shapes, and wing forms to do different things. Some of the biggest are airliners for transport. Military aircraft are used in war. Others are made for recreation and research and many other jobs.

Most airplanes are flown by a pilot in the aircraft, but some are unmanned aerial vehicles or flown by a computer.