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.
|1903, the Wright brothers make the first maned and powered flight.|
|1919, the NC4 is the first plane
to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
|The first solo, non-stop transatlantic corssing by Charles Lindburgh in the Spirit of St. Louis, travelling from New York to Paris, France.|
|The first Transatlantic Proving flights take place, with PanAm and BOAC travelling from Newfoundland to Foynes and vice verse.|
|Transatlantic passenger flights to Foynes commence. Following the end of WWII, landplanes take over.|
|The first commercial jet airliner, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet|
|Man lands on the moon and Boeing release the 747|
|Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation unite to develop the Concorde, the first and only supersonic civilian aircraft.|
|Space Shuttle is launched, the first reusable space craft.|
|NASA sends the Mars Pathfinder to Mars to commence the first exploration on the surface of another planet.|
|First non-stop, round the world flight by solar and battery power airplane. Airbus release the A380, double decker civilian passanger jet.|
|Virgin Galactic start civilian passenger flight into space.|