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The History of Aviation

  • 1100 BCE

    Wanhoo Experiment

    Wanhoo Experiment
    Chinese man, Wanhoo strapped rockets to a chair and tried to get to the moon.
  • Period: 1100 BCE to

    History Timeline

  • Sep 25, 1452

    Leonardo Da Vinci

    Leonardo Da Vinci
    Leonardo Da Vinci had a huge interest into aviation and had over 250 pages in his journals about aviation.
  • Montgolfier Brothers

    Montgolfier Brothers
    The Montgolfier Brothers created a balloon and was able to fly it using hot air created by a fire underneath balloon.
  • First Manned Gulider

    First Manned Gulider
    The First manned glider was built and flown by George Cayley
  • Powered Plane Built

    Powered Plane Built
    Otto Lilienthal constructed over 2000 gliders in 1891-1896. He built a powered biplane, but was died the night before he would fly. He wanted to make a test flight on his glider to make sure he was ready, but his glider crashed and he died.
  • First Controlled Ridged Dirigable

    First Controlled Ridged Dirigable
    The worlds first controllable ridged dirigible was able to be seared and return to it's starting point.
  • Samuel Langley's Airplane

    Samuel Langley's Airplane
    Samuel Langley wanted to build an airplane and asked the US Government for money for his project. The US government gave him the money and he got to work right away. He would launch the plane off of his house boat. In October of 1903, he launched his plane the first time and crashed into the river. After repairs, he tried again and failed again.
  • The First Powered Manned Plane Flight

    The First Powered Manned Plane Flight
    Wilbur and Orville Wright constructed a powered airplane and were able to conduct a flight lasting 12 seconds traveling over 120 ft. The Pilot of the historic flight was Orville because Wilbur lost the coin toss.
  • Flight Schools Open

    In the years of 1910, people started to get interested into aviation and wanted to learn to fly. Wilbur & Orville Wright and Glenn Curtis both created the first flight schools.
  • First Woman to get Pilots Licence

    First Woman to get Pilots Licence
    The first woman to graduating from flight school was Harriet Quimby. She would also become the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Her flight career ended when her plane nosed dived and through out herself and her passenger.
  • First Multi-engine Plane

    With the first plane to have more then one engine, planes can now go even further and carry more loads per flights.
  • WWI Begins

    WWI Begins
    World War I was the first big war of the 20th century. It started with an assassination and involved more countries than any war at the time. Many European countries like Germany and France would go to fighting for a total of four years.
  • Postal Service Started to use airplanes

    Postal Service Started to use airplanes
    The United States Postal Service started to use airplanes for their mail transportation. The Railroad Co. started to complain that the mail service in planes is going to put railroad out of business for mail. The US Postal Service started to use airplanes more often then railroad that it became the more official way of delivering the mail. The railroad companies were not to pleased.
  • WWI Ends

    WWI Ends
    At the peace conference it was impossible to respect the wishes of all the countries involved. But eventually peace and an agreement was made thus ending the Great War.
  • People Lose intrest in airplanes

    The people that used to fly airplanes started to disperse after WWI and a few pilots never flew again. Some Pilots became more famous after the war like Eddie Rickenbacker and Billy Mitchell.
  • First Treck across Atlantic

    First Treck across Atlantic
    Two Pilots, John Alcock and Arthur Brown conducted the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean taking +24 hours.
  • Air Mail Act

    Air Mail Act
    The airmail act of 1925 was the first Airmail Act for how airmail will travel and how they would have multiple airports in areas of the United States.
  • First Solo Across Atlantic

    First Solo Across Atlantic
    In 1925, Pilot Charles Lindbergh dared to cross the Atlantic Ocean Solo. He Completed his journey in 33.5 Hours.
  • First Woman to fly across Atlantic Ocean

    First Woman to fly across Atlantic Ocean
    Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean as a passenger.
  • First Woman to fly solo across Atlantic Ocean

    First Woman to fly solo across Atlantic Ocean
    Amelia Earhart became the first woman to solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • First Jet Powered Plane Flight

    First Jet Powered Plane Flight
    The He-178 was the first jet-engine powered airplane to take flight. The Plane was introduced and flown in-front of the German Military that didn't take too much interest.
  • World War II Began

    World War II Began
    It started when Germany was getting unstable with the newly developed power Third Reich and then Germany invaded their neighboring country of Poland and broke their truce with The USSR.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    On the morning of December the 7th, Pearl Harbor was attacked by navel and carrier based air forces by the empire of Japan.
  • The Doolittle Raid

    The Doolittle Raid
    After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan and wanted to strike back at them as soon as possible. A Navel Submarine Commander gave the idea of launching Army B-25's off an Navy Aircraft Carrier. The Raid on Tokyo was lead by Col. Jimmy Doolittle.
  • D-Day Invasion

    D-Day Invasion
    On the 6th of June, The United States, Great Britain and Canada launched a Major amphibian assault on Normandy beach in France.
  • World War II Ends

    World War II Ends
    After the two Atomic Bombs were dropped on Japan, Hideki Tojo declared the official surrender of Japan aboard the Battleship USS Missouri.
  • Air Force is founded

    Air Force is founded
    The United States Congress created branch of the military to be complete air power. The United States Air Force was now an official branch of the US Military.
  • The First Plane to break the Sound Barrier

    The First Plane to break the Sound Barrier
    The Bell Aircraft Company created the Bell X-1 and were doing test to break the sound barrier. The First engine tests were unstable, but the problem was fixed and Chuck Yeager became the first man in the world to travel Mach 1.
  • The Berlin Airlift Operations

    The Berlin Airlift Operations
    The Soviet Union created a wall that separated Berlin, Germany and never gave supplies to both sides of the city. The United Nations (UN) created the Berlin Airlift Operations to deliver Supplies to Berlin.
  • The Korean War

    The Korean War
    The Communist part Northern Korea invaded the Democratic part Southern Korea. The United States became involved in the war until the cease fire on July 27, 1953.
  • The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War
    After the war in Korea, Communism spread into the North Vietnam and invaded South Vietnam. Again, The United States became involved heavily into the war later on March 8th, 1965, but not an official war with the US.
  • The Concorde's Commercial Flgihts

    The Concorde's Commercial Flgihts
    Two Concorde's, British Airways and Air France flew their first flight with passengers. The Concorde would fly in service until 2003.
  • The Airline Deregulation Act

    The Airline Deregulation Act
    The Airline Deregulation Act was when the government took over the airline's "freedom" for their pricing on tickets and where they can fly.
  • Desert Storm (Gulf War)

    Desert Storm (Gulf War)
    Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 34 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.
  • The Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Centers

    The Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Centers
    On the morning of the 11th, two airliners were hijacked by terrorists and crashed the planes into both Towers of the World Trade Centers. Over 3000 people were killed as a result of the attack.