History of flight by: Ann & Caroline

  • May 31, 1260

    Roger Bacon

    Roger Bacon
    Roger Bacon, a Franciscan monk in England, suggested that a person could sit in the middle of an "engine for flying", which would move artifacial wings made to beat the air.
  • May 31, 1500


    Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, "at the third hour of the night"
    He was the illegitimate son of the wealthy Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine legal notary, and Caterina, a peasant.
  • Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier

    Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier
    Brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier of France tested their hot air-balloon through a 8-km flight across Paris. They had discovered that a balloon made out of linen
  • Sir George Cayley

    Sir George Cayley
    Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet 27 December 1773 – 15 December 1857) was a prolific English engineer and one of the most important people in the history of aeronautics. Sir Geroge Cayley was a pioneer of modern aviation, he studied animal flight and desinged a monoplane to carry humans.
  • Otto Lilenthal

    Otto Lilenthal
    Otto Lilienthal (May 23, 1848 – August 10, 1896) was a German pioneer of human aviation who became known as the Glider King. Most of the aviators at this time were concerned only with building flying michines and not about learning how to fly it!
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright

    Orville and Wilbur Wright
    On December 17, 1903, the American Wright Flyer made the first successful powered flight. The Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, of the United States Built their own 12-horsepower gas engine and propeller, and became the first humans to truly fly. ( Well this looks like the other ones were a waste of time!!)
  • Chuck Yeager

    Chuck Yeager
    Chuck Yeager of the United States broke the sound barrier by flying fast than the speed of sound in a rocket-powered X-1 Plane. At the time it was not known as an aircraft could fly faster than the speed that sound travels.