History of Flight

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  • First Balloon Flight

    First Balloon Flight
    The first recorded time of a hot air balloon carrying passengers was November 21, 1783. It was built by brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier from France. They tested the flight of balloons using animals as passenger when they were still experimenting with their flight.
  • Wright Brothers Flight

    Wright Brothers Flight
    Orville and his brother Wilbur had been expierimenting with flight since 1896. The first plane was flown on December 17,1903 piloted by Orville Wright.The successful flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.
  • Boeing Company Established

    Boeing Company Established
    The Boeing Company is an American Multinational aerospace and defense corporation. It was founded in 1916 by William E. Boeing. It was originally located in Seattle, Washington, however, in 2001 moved to Chicago, Illinois.
  • First Transatlantic Flight

    First Transatlantic Flight
    John Alcock and Arthur Brown who were two British aviators made the first non-stop translatlantic flight. They flew a World War 1 bomber. The men flew 1,890 miles in 15 hours and 57 minutes while flying at about 115 miles per hours.
  • Charles Lindbergh

    Charles Lindbergh
    Charles Lindbergh was 25 years old when he was the first to fly a solo transatlantic flight. This happened on May 20, 1927. It was a distance of nearly 3,600 miles and he was flying in a single seat single engine purpose built monoplane. It was called Spirit of St. Louis.
  • Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart was the first women to fly a solo transatlantic flight replicating Lindberghs' flight. It took her 14 hours and 56 minutes.She recieved a U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross because she was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • First Modern Airliner

    First Modern Airliner
    The Boeing Model 247 was the first modern airliner. It was first flown February 8, 1933 and was put into service later that year. Model 247 was the first plane to have all metal construction.
  • First Commercial International Flight

    First Commercial International Flight
    On March 29, 1939 the Pan-American B-314 Yankee Clipper made a trip around the mid-Atlantic. This caused many other airlines to want to do commercial flights just like Pan-America. Therefore they would no longer have the monopoly of international air travel.
  • First Jet Aircraft

    First Jet Aircraft
    The Heinkle He 178 was the first jet aircraft to fly under turbulance power. The director was Ernst Heinkle and the jet flew on August 27, 1939. The jet was piloted by Erich Warsitz.
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier

    Breaking the Sound Barrier
    Flying in the Bell X-1 was when the sound barrier had been broken. Chuck Yeager is credited as the man who accomplished this task.This happened on October 14, 1947.
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite sent into Earth's orbit. It was launched on October 4, 1957. The satellite travelled at 18,000 miles per hour. It burned up on January 4, 1958.
  • First Man in Space

    First Man in Space
    Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet pilot. He was the first human to go into outer space and complete and orbit around Earth. He traveled in the Vostok spacecraft.
  • John Glenn

    John Glenn
    John Glenn Jr. was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was also the third American in space. He orbitied the Earth on February 20, 1962 being the pilot of the Friendship 7.
  • Boeing 747 replaces 707

    Boeing 747 replaces 707
    The Boeing 707 was their first commercial jet airliner. Then becoming the type of plane used for Air Force 1. Then Boeing 747 came out in 1969, and was then later used inplace of the 707 as Air Force 1's plane model type.
  • First Man on the Moon

    First Man on the Moon
    The Apollo 11 landed the first Americans on the Moon. The men were American Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. They were launched July 16 and landed on the Moon on July 20.
  • Supersonic Passenger Airliner

    Supersonic Passenger Airliner
    This supersonic airliner was called Concord. It entered service in January 13, 1976 flying internationally connecting America to Europe. However, it needed to do this with only a few hours flight time.
  • First Space Shuttle Flight

    First Space Shuttle Flight
    The first space shuttle launched was the STS-1. It was the first orbital flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program. The pilot of this flight was Robert L. Crippen.
  • Challenger Explosion

    Challenger Explosion
    This disaster to the Challenger space shuttle happened only 73 seconds into the launch. This happened because and O-ring seal in the rocket booster failed at liftoff. This disaster killed all seven of the crew members.
  • F-22 takes flight

    F-22 takes flight
    The F-22 to take flight was called the raptor. The Raptor test flight unveiled technological sophisticated jet fighter to the world. It took flight on Septmeber 7, 1997
  • Boeing 777 Enters Service

    Boeing 777 Enters Service
    Today the 777 is one of the leading transatlantic flight planes used. The aircraft has seating for over 300 passengers. This plane was used to replaces older wider planes, and it has because they are still used today.