Chronicle of flight1

History of Air Transport

  • Jan 1, 1485

    Leonardo da Vinci studying flight

    Leonardo da Vinci studying flight
    100+ drawings and sketches on theories about birds and machines on flight, as well as the conceptualized Ornithopter
  • First hot air balloon flight

    First hot air balloon flight
    Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier designed and flew the first hot air balloon
  • First Glider

    First Glider
    1799-1850's, George studied the physics of flight, such as lift and drag, steering rudders...etc. He made and constantly refined the first glider.
  • Otto Lilienthal

    Otto Lilienthal
    German engineer, Otto Lilienthal, studied aerodynamics and worked to design a glider that would fly. Otto Lilienthal was the first person to design a glider that could fly a person and was able to fly long distances.
    Otto Lilienthal was fascinated by the idea of flight. Based on his studies of birds and how they fly, he wrote a book on aerodynamics that was published in 1889 and this text was used by the Wright Brothers as the basis for their designs. After more than 2500 flights, Otto Lilienth
  • Samuel Langley

    Samuel Langley
    Samuel Langley was physicist and astronomer who realized that power was needed to help man fly. Langley conducted experiments using whirling arms and steam motors. He built a model of a plane, which he called an aerodrome, that included a steam-powered engine. In 1891, his model flew for 3/4s of a mile before running out of fuel. Samuel Langley received a $50,000 grant to build a full sized aerodrome. It was too heavy to fly and it crashed. He was very disappointed. He gave up trying to fly. Hi
  • Octave Chanute

    Octave Chanute
    Octave Chanute was a successful engineer who undertook the invention of airplanes as a hobby, after being inspired by Otto Lilienthal. Chanute designed several aircraft, the Herring - Chanute biplane was his most successful design and formed the basis of the Wright biplane design. Octave Chanute published "Progress in Flying Machines" in 1894. It gathered and analyzed all the technical knowledge that he could find about aviation accomplishments. It included all of the world's aviation pioneers.
  • First manned flight by Wright brothers

    First manned flight by Wright brothers