evolution of aircraft

Timeline created by Aisha Qureshi
In History
  • The Wright brothers first flights in 1903

    The Wright brothers first flights in 1903
    The first successful powered flight was in 1903. On December 17th, 1903, near Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first powered airplane. This is reported as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight" by the record-setting body, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
  • The creation of commercial opportunities

    The creation of commercial opportunities
    In 1914, the first passenger service began. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line launched a service between St. Petersburg and Tampa across Florida's Tampa Bay in January of that year. This 20-minute flight was a huge landmark, signaling the beginning of commercial aviation.
  • Military aircraft from 1914

    Military aircraft from 1914
    One of the first countries to fly combat reconnaissance aircraft was Italy (during the Italian Turkish war in 1911). And several nations used newly or adapted aircraft for photography, reconnaissance, bombing, and air-to-air combat during World War I.
    The emergence of World War I in 1914 led to the expedition of aircraft design for military purposes by many businesses and individuals.
  • Introducing larger jets – the Boeing 747

    Introducing larger jets – the Boeing 747
    The other massive change since the early jet aircraft is the production of larger aircraft. The best illustration here is the introduction of the Boeing 747 in 1970, which has been the best selling wide - body aircraft to date.
    The inspiration for it though came from Pan American World Airways.
  • A380

    A380
    At the Farnborough Air Show in 1990, the A380 was formally unveiled, with a goal of 15 percent lower operating cost than the 747.
  • Improvements in the future The 777X and further efficiency

    Improvements in the future The 777X and further efficiency
    The near future of airplanes for the moment lies in additional technologies and productivity improvements. The next Boeing 777X aircraft, one of the most awaited, is expected to enter service in 2021.