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[OOC] Who invented what? - The Aeroplane


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Hello all! On the suggestion of @Variota, I have created this thread so that people interested may propose stories behind how they invented the aeroplane, so that we may as a community decide amongst the interested parties who gets the honour.

On the request of @Andalla, we are also asking for those who want to claim the honour of having the first commercial jet liner propose their stories as well. 

We will vote using the trophy reaction I suppose, may the best story win!

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In case no one comes forth, I am proposing my own.

A man who lived in the mountains got it into his head to try and design the most unsinkable boat possible. His design involved a central canoe within which to sit, with two pontoons attached to it by large stabilising wings. He also decided to attach a large set of propellers to this boat so as to allow it to travel up and down stream with ease. In order to test his creation, the man decided to take it down the largest river he could find. It was a fairly lousy boat, and failed to fight against the current, and was promptly swept off a water fall. Thankfully for him, once out of the water, the propellers with the help of gravity managed to propel the boat into sustained flight. Thus, the first flying boat was created.

Amazed by his miraculous survival, he made a few alterations and took his invention on the road and made a living amazing people with his flying canoe boat. Due to the Imperial Government not recognising the potential of this new technology, it was allowed to spread unimpeded throughout the Empire and without, with it even being showcased in far off lands such as Fulgenland. The idea was quickly picked up by foreigners after seeing it.

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Right, thanks! As this is all about the stories, I'll be explaining what current lore has about the first jet airliner.

Now, one thing to note before you read this — existing lore is very little and very vague. I currently hold most (if not all) information about it on my Skandinavisk page which, as I've seen, seems to be the most historically detailed aviation-related page. While collecting information for the jetliner, I purposefully left it vague since I knew there was room for improvement. And since I had to ask others to claim the honor, it would be rude to keep asking for all sorts of details.

Remember we can change this anytime. All that's needed mine and @Sunset Sea Islands' approval, since we're the only remaining parties to this thing.

I know mod intervention can theoretically rule both of us out since it's kinda unrealistic for two dirt-poor Thalassan nations (we're talking late 1950's here) to be playing the big plane game, so alright.

Here goes...


It's the mid-1950s and Aérospatiale Lysienne has just begun commercial production of the Comète (based off the de Havilland DH.106 Comet). The world's very first jet airliner, the Comète is an instant success.

Meanwhile, across the world, the Sunset Sea Islands and Andalla are competing to produce their own jet airliner. With its ambitious rebuilding plans following the Thalassan War, the SSI is leading the competition depite the Andallans' superior experience.

Suddenly, a series of fatal accidents occur involving the Comète — aircraft breaking up mid-air, causing catastrophic crashes and little survivors. The cause is found to be in the square design of the windows, which cause lots of structural fatigue at high altitudes and high speeds. This forces both the SSI and Andalla to revise their design; however, SSI is still in the lead. The SSI releases its jet airliner soon after, earning second place in the jet race. Months after, the Skandinavisk SK-3 begins service. With the Comète mostly a failure, SSI and Andalla battle it out for commercial superiority. Despite the delays, thanks to Andalla's previous experience the SK-3 turns out as the better aircraft and significantly outsells its rival, becoming the first successful commercial jet airliner.

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I'm going to throw my glorious, God-given crown into the ring for the invention of flight.

The discovery of flight in Tagmatium was, initially, driven by what was felt to be military necessity.

The internal combustion engine had come to the Megas Agios Basileia by the 1890s. It was regarded with a mixture of distrust by the conservative population and there had been some attempts to garner a religious ruling against it by some, although that had not gained much traction in the Church itself. The Tagmatine military saw it as something of a toy with little real application - after all, the horse had been paramount for thousands of years and there was no reason to expect that to change. The early automobiles produced really only were the playthings of the rich. The extensive rail network and world-famous roads were still good enough.

The Epistrategaion, the Tagmatine high command, would likely have left everything there, if a group of thinkers within it had not determined that the hot air balloon was obsolete. Seemingly inspired by the more lurid pulp tales that were popular amongst the lower classes of civilian population, these thinkers had claimed that there was no use for hot air balloons beyond as observation posts and even that was numbered as automatic guns started to rear their head.

Instead, they suggested the use of the internal combustion engine as a method of propulsion for a heavier-than-air flying vehicle. They envisioned that these could be used to perform reconnaissance missions faster than horse-mounted units could, and perhaps even be used in a policing role beyond the rail and road network of Arhomaneia. They were able to convince the Epistrategaion and the Ministry for War to grant a not-insignificant cash prize to the first person who could make such a thing viable.

Over the next few years, a stream of charlatans, failures and incompetents made both the high command and the ministry jaded and cynical towards the idea of heavier-than-air flight. In the end, the prize was quietly dropped and that group of free thinkers found themselves sidelined for promotion and assigned elsewhere.

However, a minor official in the Patents office, ultimately part of the Ministry for Internal Affairs, had been spending years using his position to "research" flying machines. Ioannes Glauketes had come from an aristocratic background, one of the families that made up the ruling classes of Tagmatium, he was able to use his wealth to fund attempts and paid estate workers as pilots. He envisioned himself getting that cash prize and becoming famous across Eurth.

However, repeated failures and accidents began to turn Glauketes' money-making scheme into an obsession. His research became much more serious and driven by the science behind it. Slowly, he got a reputation as a crank and an obsessive, and he found himself side-lined from polite society. By the point he felt he had a genuine chance at actually flying, he was almost something of a laughingstock. Even many of his workers had either moved away or had started to refuse to act as pilots.

In 1903, in a large meadow he had had rolled flat at his own considerable expense near the city of Klimatos, when he was sure he had favourable conditions to fly his aircraft, a ramshackle thing of wood, paper and string, built around an engine of his own devising, Glauketes announced that he was going to fly. Posters were put up in many of the major Tagmatine cities, including Tagmatika, and in the national newspapers.

Few turned up to witness it. A couple of reporters from the local papers and one from national newspaper Kronografia were present, as well as a Kentarkhes (captain) from one of the local Skoutatoi (infantry) regiments were there, as well as a smattering of the curious and idle. It was a far cry from the constellation of flash bulbs and rank badges that Glauketes had envisioned for this momentous occasion. The local press had even called his aircraft Ikaropoulos - the Son of Icarus - in mockery. When Glauketes found that out, he was furious.

However, the joke was on the reporters.

Ikaropoulos flew just under 40m, but several quick repeats established it as not a fluke. The witnesses knew the ground-breaking nature of what they had seen and scattered, trying to get to the nearest telegraph station to be the first to report it.

Glauketes didn't receive the prize money, as he had expected. The Epistrategaion just was not interested. The punishment meted out to those who had first advocated powered flight meant that the staff officers were nervous of seizing the opportunity, and Glauketes' reputation and position in the bureaucratic aristocracy made the military snobbish towards him. He became even more bitter and eventually became something of a recluse.

However, the Imperial Post Service saw the utility of flight, imagining that it would revolutionise the mail system and were able to successfully lobby the Imperial Government to award Glauketes the low-ranking courtly title of Strator, which gave him an annual stipend, not quite making up for all the money he had spent and expected.

The news of powered flight, however, quickly spread beyond the Megas Agios Basileia, spurring on development in Europa and across the New World. Eventually, Ioannes Glauketes did get international recognition, but his bitter attitude did not mix well with his new fame.

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5 minutes ago, Rihan said:

I am not going to throw my hat into this one. But I absolutely love @Tagmatium Rules' rationale of coming about the creation of the airplane. If anything, I could have stolen the designs from him (jk).

Well, my high command didn't care enough to try to keep it a state secret when offered it, so it would be freely-available information.

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21 hours ago, Andalla said:

Right, thanks! As this is all about the stories, I'll be explaining what current lore has about the first jet airliner.

Now, one thing to note before you read this — existing lore is very little and very vague. I currently hold most (if not all) information about it on my Skandinavisk page which, as I've seen, seems to be the most historically detailed aviation-related page. While collecting information for the jetliner, I purposefully left it vague since I knew there was room for improvement. And since I had to ask others to claim the honor, it would be rude to keep asking for all sorts of details.

Remember we can change this anytime. All that's needed mine and @Sunset Sea Islands' approval, since we're the only remaining parties to this thing.

I know mod intervention can theoretically rule both of us out since it's kinda unrealistic for two dirt-poor Thalassan nations (we're talking late 1950's here) to be playing the big plane game, so alright.

Here goes...

 


It's the mid-1950s and Aérospatiale Lysienne has just begun commercial production of the Comète (based off the de Havilland DH.106 Comet). The world's very first jet airliner, the Comète is an instant success.

Meanwhile, across the world, the Sunset Sea Islands and Andalla are competing to produce their own jet airliner. With its ambitious rebuilding plans following the Thalassan War, the SSI is leading the competition depite the Andallans' superior experience.

Suddenly, a series of fatal accidents occur involving the Comète — aircraft breaking up mid-air, causing catastrophic crashes and little survivors. The cause is found to be in the square design of the windows, which cause lots of structural fatigue at high altitudes and high speeds. This forces both the SSI and Andalla to revise their design; however, SSI is still in the lead. The SSI releases its jet airliner soon after, earning second place in the jet race. Months after, the Skandinavisk SK-3 begins service. With the Comète mostly a failure, SSI and Andalla battle it out for commercial superiority. Despite the delays, thanks to Andalla's previous experience the SK-3 turns out as the better aircraft and significantly outsells its rival, becoming the first successful commercial jet airliner.

I feel like I shouldn't be voting myself out, but I really want the change. A controversial member that no longer interacts with this community (and has never actually interacted positively with it) cannot hold the honor of pioneering the commercial jet airliner.


@Tagmatium Rules — Great story! I'm pretty sure you'll win this one.

Also, perhaps we could connect Andalla to the invention just to explain why caught on the trend early on. Say, perhaps one of Glauketes' many pilots was an Andallan immigrant who was able to bring the technology to Andalla?

He probably wasn't the one who piloted the first flight, though. That's an honor you should hold 😅

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1 hour ago, Andalla said:

I feel like I shouldn't be voting myself out, but I really want the change. A controversial member that no longer interacts with this community (and has never actually interacted positively with it) cannot hold the honor of pioneering the commercial jet airliner.

 


@Tagmatium Rules — Great story! I'm pretty sure you'll win this one.

Also, perhaps we could connect Andalla to the invention just to explain why caught on the trend early on. Say, perhaps one of Glauketes' many pilots was an Andallan immigrant who was able to bring the technology to Andalla?

He probably wasn't the one who piloted the first flight, though. That's an honor you should hold 😅

Sure, why not?

I imagine that the news would have spread quickly.

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