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In 1903, the Wright brothers made the first airplane. In little over a hundred years from that small, wooden one man airplane, we have made passenger planes that can hold hundreds; broken the sound barrier; flown man to the moon and rover to Mars and are on the verge of making spaceflight available to civilians.

tl11903, the Wright brothers make the first maned and powered flight. tl1900
tl1910 tl21919, the NC4 is the first plane
to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
tl3The first solo, non-stop transatlantic corssing by Charles Lindburgh in the Spirit of St. Louis, travelling from New York to Paris, France. tl1920
tl1930 tl4The first Transatlantic Proving flights take place, with PanAm and BOAC travelling from Newfoundland to Foynes and vice verse.
tl5Transatlantic passenger flights to Foynes commence. Following the end of WWII, landplanes take over. tl1940
tl1950 tl6The first commercial jet airliner, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet
tl7Man lands on the moon and Boeing release the 747 tl1960
tl1970 tl8Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation unite to develop the Concorde, the first and only supersonic civilian aircraft.
tl9Space Shuttle is launched, the first reusable space craft. tl1980
tl1990 tl10NASA sends the Mars Pathfinder to Mars to commence the first exploration on the surface of another planet.
tl11First non-stop, round the world flight by solar and battery power airplane. Airbus release the A380, double decker civilian passanger jet. tl2000
tl2010 tl12Virgin Galactic start civilian passenger flight into space.