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History of Flying

The heights we achieve today are only possible because of what happened yesterday. In History of Flying we'll explore how the earlier days of flight have shaped the airplanes of today. From the dreamers of past centuries & millennia, to the pioneering personalities of recent years, from the rudimentary wings of Icarus through the designs of DaVinci to the advancing technologies of the Montgolfiers and the Wrights, join us as we travel back in time to tell the tales that accompanied the triumphs and tribulations of taking flight.


History of Flying

History of Flying

The heights we achieve today are only possible because of what happened yesterday. In History of Flying we'll explore how the earlier days of flight have shaped the airplanes of today. From the dreame ...

Black and white wing with Winglet

First Use of Winglets - Perhaps the Messerschmitt Me 309

One thing I've learned over the years due to my fascination with aerospace design, is the mankind seems to go in spurts when it comes to aviation design breakthroughs. Sometimes it is due to new scien ...

San Francisco in ruins from 1906 earthquake captured in early aerial photograph by George R. Lawrence

A Short History Of Aerial Photography

In 1855 the French balloonist and photographer Gaspar Felix Tournachon, who was known as "Nadar," patented the idea of using aerial photos for surveying and mapmaking. Three years later, in 1858, he t ...

Early history of flight in reference to ballooning with Montgolfier brothers in Annonay, Pilatre de Rozier, Francois d'Arlandes, Jacques Charles, and Nicolas-Louis Robert

Aeronautics - Early History of Flying

It is the term used to designate the entire science of aerial navigation. Aviation is specifically limited to denote flight in machines that are heavier than the air. A free-flying or spherical balloo ...

Louis Bleriot and wife standing in front of Bleriot XI airplane and crowd after crossing the English Channel and landing in Dover, England in 1909

First Flight Across the English Channel

Great Britain, always disconnected from the European continent because of its insularity, had only been reachable by sea until 1785, at which time the first balloon had successfully crossed the Englis ...

Oskar Bider starting flight from Bern, Switzerland to cross the Alps in his Bleriot XI in 1913

The Bleriot XI

If you wished to study aerodynamics, you would only need to look at the very early aircraft designs, such as the Bleriot XI. There are no high bypass ratio turbofans, nor upper deck lounges, nor globa ...

Bell X-1 in flight

Bell X-1

The Bell X-1, originally designated XS-1, was the result of a cooperative program initiated in 1944 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the United States Army Air Forces (lat ...

Lockheed JetStar business jet built in 1960

The History of Business Jets

This article provides a brief history of business jets. ...

Deperdussin Monocoque Racer Aircraft

The Deperdussin Racer Aircraft

This article discusses the design, development, and history of the Deperdussin Racer Pioneer aircraft. It also focuses on several of its advance design features, including the rotary engine and the mo ...

Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship NR482N with pilot Jimmy Doolittle

Aviation History Themes: From Jimmy Doolittle to the Movie "The Right Stuff"

This aviation theme collection explores several important aviation history topics. They include Jimmy Doolittle, the Battle of Britain, United States Naval Policy, an Interview with the Late Henry Led ...

Pilots of the Great Air Race of 1924

Aviation History Themes: From the Documentary "To Fly" to Charles Lindbergh

This article compilation explores several significant aviation history themes. It discusses such topics as the Smithsonian documentary film "To Fly," the Development of Air Transporation, the B-25 Mit ...

Boeing 314 Super Clipper in flight circa 1941

The 10 Greatest Best Airplanes of All Time and The Reasons Why They Rock

The following basic list contains some of the most historically significant flyers on record to hopefully result in a decent representation of the top ten best airplanes of all time. 1. The Wright Bro ...

Spirit of St Louis with picture of Charles Lindbergh 1927

The Spirit of St Louis

This article discusses Charles Lindbergh's solo transatlantic flight in 1927 in the purposefully-built Ryan Monoplane. It also offers insight into his thought processes during the journey. ...

Charles Lindbergh arrived at Croydon Field, Surrey, England, June 1927

Crossing the Atlantic

There has to be a first time. What about that first time a young pilot crosses the Atlantic? What goes through his mind as he prepares to cross the Atlantic. Find out in this story about crossing the ...

Voison Biplane

The Voisin Biplane

This article discusses the design, development, and history of the Voisin Biplane. It also discusses its several versions, including the Voisin-Delagrange and the Voisin-Farman. ...

1937 Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing advertisement for executive aviation

Charter Flight - Hiring a Plane

Charter flight - hiring a plane and a pilot for travel to a specific destination - goes all the way back to 1913 when an enterprising pilot started carrying passengers between San Francisco and Oaklan ...

Nelly Diener in action on Curtiss AT-32C Condor as the first female flight attendant in Europe history

History of Flight Attendants

Flight attendants have a long and changing history. When thinking of flight attendants, the term "stewardess" often comes to mind, with the name implying females. However, the history actually begins ...

Black and white photo of retro aircraft at airfield

A Brief History of Modern Aviation

It might be said that modern aviation began on November 21, 1783 in France when two brothers went aloft in a hot air balloon. The true beginning of the era is usually considered to be December 17, 190 ...

Warren Eaton in the Curtiss Model D Pusher Biplane

The Curtiss Model D Pusher Biplane

Initial inspection of the Curtiss Model D aircraft at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome reveals a biplane, deviating from the other flying pioneer designs in the collection, the Bleriot XI and the Hanriot, whic ...

Amelia Earhart standing in front of her Lockheed Model 10 Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937

10 Famous Missing Airplanes

The news has been full of the disappearance of the Malaysian Flight MH370, and while we all hope for a positive outcome to the mystery, it is not the first plane to go missing. Some of them have never ...

Hanriot Monoplane 1911

The Hanriot Monoplane

This article discusses the design, development, and history of the Hanriot Monoplane. It offers insight into its flying characteristics based upon the example found at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. ...

Excited photographers are filming of the unique moment of old planes racing and landing of the winner

The History of Aviation - From the Wright Brothers to Lockheed Martin

Considering the popularity of the subject of the history of aviation, it is not surprising that so many individuals give the topic so much attention. While the first individuals to actually achieve fl ...

The Demoiselle Airplane built by the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1907

The Demoiselle Airplane

The Demoiselle, a small, frail monoplane seemingly incapable of supporting a single pilot, not only reflects the equally short man who designed it, but the long lineage of lighter-than-air craft which ...

Victory word created from a trail of smoke by Acrobatic plane

Aviation - How to Succeed - Part 5

This Article completes the study of the many manufacturers of small aircraft with an analysis of Raytheon. It then continues by considering that the majority of the general aviation fleet consists of ...

Victory word created from a trail of smoke by Acrobatic plane

Aviation - How to Succeed - Part 4

This Article concludes a study of the development of air transport by considering the concept of flag carriers, the open skies agreement, and the reasons for the recent shake-up of the industry. It th ...

Victory word created from a trail of smoke by Acrobatic plane

Aviation - How to Succeed - Part 3

This Article introduces the most important manufacturers of civil transport aircraft. It discusses the structure and product range of each. It defines the importance of extensive networks of parts sup ...

Victory word created from a trail of smoke by Acrobatic plane

Aviation - How to Succeed - Part 2

During the 1920s and 1930s, there was a huge leap forward in the field of aviation. Noteworthy milestones included Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in 1927, and Charles Kingsford Smith's trans ...

Victory word created from a trail of smoke by Acrobatic plane

Aviation - How to Succeed

This Article begins with a brief history of man's various attempts to fly. It outlines the development of manned flight from 1783 to the varied role of aircraft in WW1. It considers the era of the air ...

Learjet 23 is shown in flight in a clear blue sky wheels up in flight

A Private Business Jets History

Commercial airlines quickly recognized the value of the jet after the end of the World War II. Everyone was eager to get to where they were going quicker. Business travelers first started taking adva ...

Hanriot Monoplane 1900

Reflections of the Hanriot Monoplane by Bill King

This article discusses the design characteristics of the Hanriot Monoplane. It then offers insight by a pilot who has flown it at Cole Palen's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York for a quarter of a ce ...

Antique 17th century Mappa Mundi world map closeup

History of Travel & Tourism

The earliest form of leisure tourism can be traced as far back as the Babylonian and Egyptian empires. A museum of historic antiquities was open to the public in Babylon. The Egyptians held many relig ...

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