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History of flight

  • First balloon flight: 1783

    First balloon flight: 1783
    Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes make the first free aerial voyage in a Montgolfier hot-air balloon.
  • Wright brothers flight: 1903

    Wright brothers flight: 1903
    Orville and Wilbur Wright make first powered, sustained, and controlled flight in a heavier-than-air flying machine.
  • Charles Lindbergh: 1927

    Charles Lindbergh: 1927
    Charles A. Lindbergh completes first solo, nonstop trans-Atlantic flight in his aircraft, The Spirit of St. Louis.
  • Amelia Earhart: 1932

    Amelia Earhart: 1932
    Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly a solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
  • First modern airliner: 1933

    First modern airliner: 1933
    A modern airliner, Boeing 247, flies for the first time.
  • First jet aircraft: 1939

    First jet aircraft: 1939
    Germany's Heinkel 178 is the first fully jet-propelled aircraft to fly.
  • Breaking the sound barrier: 1947

    Breaking the sound barrier: 1947
    Charles E. Yeager pilots Bell X-1--the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.
  • Sputnik: 1957

    Sputnik: 1957
    Sputnik launchSoviet Union launches first man-made earth satellite, Sputnik 1.
  • First man in space: 1961

    First man in space: 1961
    Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, is the first man in space.
  • John Glenn: 1962

    John Glenn: 1962
    God speed, John GlennJohn H. Glenn, Jr., is the first American to orbit the earth.
  • First man on the moon: 1969

    First man on the moon: 1969
    U.S. astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., are the first to walk on the moon.
  • First space shuttle flight: 1981

    First space shuttle flight: 1981
    U.S. launches the first reusable spacecraft, the Columbia shuttle.
  • Challenger explosion: 1986

    Challenger explosion: 1986
    President Reagan addresses the nation.The Challenger Space Shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight, killing all 7 crewmembers.
  • F-22 takes flight: 1997

    F-22 takes flight: 1997
    The Raptor in flight.The first F-22 Raptor test flight unveils the most technologically sophisticated jet fighter ever to the world.