History of Flight

History Of Flight

Da Vinci designed flying machines


First living creatures flew in a hot air baloon


A sheep, a duck and a rooster!

André Garner makes first parachute descent from a balloon (in Paris)


First airship invented by Henri Giffard


First Flight (Wilbur & Orville Wright)

December 17, 1903

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Paul Cornu invented the first piloted helicopter


Lieutenant Selfridge was the first aircraft victim

September 1908

First transatlantic flight in heavier-than-air aircraft

May 8, 1919 - May 30, 1919

Achieved by the crew of the Navy-Curtiss NC-4 flying boat by flying from Jamaica Bay at Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, to Plymouth, England, via Halifax, Nova Scotia, Trepassey Bay (Newfoundland), Horta (Azores), and Lisbon, Portugal.

Alcock & Brown - First non-stop transatlantic flight

June 14, 1919 - June 15, 1919

Lindbergh - First non-stop New York to Paris flight

May 20, 1927 - May 21, 1927

World's first airport built in Croydon near London.


FA Cup final stopped for 20 minutes to allow airship to pass overhead


Amelia Earhart - first female solo transatlantic flight

May 30, 1932

Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world