Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first ever recorded powered, sustained and controlled flight in a heavy flying machine.
Aged just 18, he launched a glider that he had designed and built himself from the Cashmere Hills above Christchurch.
Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight in history, flying his Spirit of St. Louis from Long Island, New York, to Paris, France.
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
The turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft, took its first flight on August 27, 1939. It was flown by German test pilot Erich Warsitz.
Charles Yeager pilots the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.
The first commercial Boeing 747 flight was a Pan Am trip from New York to London on Jan. 21, 1970.
The Model 28 prototype employed the first winglets ever used on a jet and a production aircraft, either civilian or military.
Boeing debuts the twin-engine 777, the biggest two-engine jet ever to fly and the first aircraft produced through computer-aided design and engineering.
The first Airbus A380 flight took off on April 27th, 2005 at 10:29 AM local time, with 6 people on board. The two co-captains, Claude Lelaie and Jacques Rosay flew the aircraft.