History of Aviation Timeline

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  • Apr 15, 1485

    Leonardo Da Vinci Creates Flying Machine

    Leonardo Da Vinci Creates Flying Machine
    Leonardo was fascinated by the flight, producing many studies of the flight of birds. This included his Codex on the Flight of Birds, as well as plans for many flying machines. Within these plans he designed a helicopter and a light hang glider. Most were useless and didn't work, like his screw helicopter design that could not provide lift. However, the hang glider has been successfully constructed and demonstrated based on his designs..
  • Sir George Cayley

    Sir George Cayley
    The English Sir George Cayley was one of the most important people in the history of aeronautics. He is considered the first person to understand the underlying principles and forces of flight. He discovered the first seccessful human glider and also the basis of the design for a modern airoplane.
  • Montgolfier Brothers First Demonstration

    Montgolfier Brothers First Demonstration
    The French Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier were brothers who were born into the family paper manufacturing company. In 1777, Joseph was observing laundry drying over a fire, when he noticed that the clothes formed pockets that boiled upwards. They were intrieged by this, and invented the first hot-air balloon and also the succeeded in the first manned ascent.
  • Otto Lilenthal

    Otto Lilenthal
    Otto Lilenthal was a German pioneer of human aviation who became known as the 'Glider King'. He was the first to make well documented, repeated, successful gliding flight. He followed an experimental appproach established earlier by Sir George Cayley. Newspapersd and magazines published photos of him gliding and showed the possibility of flying machines becoming possible.
  • Sir George Cayley

    Sir George Cayley
    Sir George Cayley
    Born 27 December 1773, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England

    Died 15 December 1857 aged 83
    Cayley is considered to be the father of aerial navigation and the science of aerodynamics. His was the first person to find the forces of flight (Thrust, Drag, Lift and Weight). He recognised that a rounded surface created more lift than a flat surface. He also invented railroad and agricultural equipment.
  • Louis Bleroit

    Louis Bleroit
    Louis Bleroit was born in France. He was a French aviator, inventor and engineer. In 1909 he was the first person to cross a large body of water in an aircraft. He also is consided the pioneer of sport of air racing.
  • Charles Kingsford Smith

    Charles Kingsford Smith
    The Australian, Charles Kingsford Smith flew the first non-stop flight around the Australian Continent and also the first flight across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. In 1929, he completed a round the world flight, then in 1934, he made the first west to east crossing of the pacific. However, in 1935, he and his co-pilot disappeared in typhoon weather whilst flying from England to Australia.
  • Charles Lindbergh

    Charles Lindbergh
    Charles Lindbergh was an American Aviator, Author, inventor, explorer and social activist. He got almost instant fame after flying non-stop solo for a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles and winning the Orteig Prize for his efforts. He also won the Pulitzer prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and also the Medal of Honour for his outstanding efforts in the war.
  • Amy Johnson

    Amy Johnson
    Amy Johnson was born in England. She was a pioneering English aviatrix. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, Johnson set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. Johnson flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a ferry flight.
  • Wright Brothers Create First Aeroplane

    Wright Brothers Create First Aeroplane
    Orville and Wilbur Wright were the two Americans who are credited for the invention of flight. They created the first successful aeroplane able to endure human flight. they also invented the steering/controls allowing th plane to stay on its designated course.
  • Sir Frank Whittle

    Sir Frank Whittle
    Sir Frank Whittle was a Brittish Royal Airforce officer. He and Dr. Hans von Ohain invented the Jet engine. He is consided to be the father of jet propulsion. He died of lung cancer.
  • Igor Sikorsky Flys First Multi-Engine Plane

    Igor Sikorsky Flys First Multi-Engine Plane
    Igor Sikosky was a Russian-American pioneer of aviation. He flew Helicopters and normal planes He designed and flew the world's first multiple engine aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first commercial airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914. After moving to the United States, Sikorsky developed the first flying boats in the 1930s. These boats were created for Pan American Airways and flew over entire oceans. In 1939, he designed and flew the first American Helicopter.
  • Amelia Earhart Missing

    Amelia Earhart Missing
    Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, USA.She was a renowned as an author and as an Ameriacan aviation pinoeer. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and set many aviation records. She also dicovered The Ninety-Nines, a female flying group. In 1937, trying to circumnavigate the globe, she went missing in the pacific ocean near Howland Isand and was presumed dead on January 5, 1939
  • Enola Gay

    Enola Gay
    Manufactured in 1945, in the United States of America, This was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The Atomic bomb was code-named 'Little Boy', and was used just before the end of the war. The cockpit and nose section is now exhibited in National Air Space Museum in America.
  • Chuck Yeager

    Chuck Yeager
    Chuck Yeager was born in the USA. He was to the the first pilot to travel faster than the speed of sound. On October 14, 1947, flying the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 13,700 m.
  • Spruce Goose Built

    Spruce Goose Built
    The Spruce Goose or H4-Hercules is the biggest wood flying boat ever created. it was created by Howard Hughes during the War. Its first and only flight was on November 2nd 1947 and never served during the war.
  • The Concorde

    The Concorde
    The Concorde is a turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner. It was made by France and the UK. It was first flown in 1969 and was introduced in 1976 and retired in 2003. The Concorde retired because it costed to much and way ahead of its time and is still consieded to be.
  • Steve Fossett Flys Around World

    Steve Fossett Flys Around World
    Steve Fossett was born in Jackson, Tennessee, USA.On July 3, 2002, Steve Fossett arrived in Australia after flying around the world in an air balloon and leaving Australia on the 19th June 2002.September 3, 2007 Steve Fossett went missing over the Nevada Desert