Planes with Brains
When Gumdrop and Vroomer, the latest members of the Plane Scout crew, are sent on a mission by Commander Gumdrop, they take off on the greatest adventure of their lives. As they fly high in the clouds, they meet a genius robot that helps them learn all there is to know about amazing planes!
So you want to learn about planes in a fun way? Then this is the video to watch! Commander Air Head, a plane leader, sends Gumdrop and Vroomer—and you!—on an assignment to discover planes all over the world, their history and abilities today. Let the fun begin!
With terrific animation including fluffy white clouds and brilliant blue skies, we learn about the first gliders beginning in 1853. We learn of the advancement of air goals, including wing designs, which were planned by a German mechanical engineer in the 1870s. This all leads up to the famous Wright Brothers—Orville and Wilbur—and Orville’s first flight with a gas-engine plane on Dec.17,1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and spanned 120 feet. Fascinating facts are featured, including that the first plane was made of strong and lightweight wood!
The Wright Brothers also developed a wing-warping plan, which dealt with control over the wings and the direction of the wings while in flight. Amazingly, planes were used in the first World War and by the U.S. Post Office, which began airmail in 1918.
Learning has never been so much fun. The great animated characters and photos bring the history of aerodynamics and aviation to a vivid living illustration. Learn more about air flow, French pilots, the Concorde, jets, and fighter planes. This video is filled with facts and more facts, but it is presented in a fun and lively way. Give this one a watch as soon as you can—supersonic speed is suggested! We happily award it our Dove Seal for All Ages.