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A Brief Timeline History of Manned Flight

A Brief Timeline History of Manned Flight

In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright built the first functional airplane. A little more than 100 years after that small wooden one-man airplane, we’ve made passenger planes that carry hundreds of passengers, broken the sound barrier, flown people to the moon and a rover to mars, and are on the verge of making spaceflight available to civilians. 

Here’s a timeline showing some of the highlights of the modern history of flight: 

1903: The Wright brothers make the first manned, powered, controlled flight.

Wright brothers first flight





1919: the NC4 is the first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

NC4 first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean





1927: Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight in The Spirit of St. Louis, traveling from New York to Paris, France.

Charles Lindburgh in the Spirit of St. Louis





1930s: The first Transatlantic Proving flights take place, with PanAm and BOAC traveling from Newfoundland to Foynes and vice verse.

Transatlantic flights with PanAm and BOAC





1940s: Transatlantic passenger flights to Foynes commence. After WWII, landplanes take over.

Transatlantic passenger flights to Foynes





1950s: Flights are offered in the first commercial jet airliner, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet.

de Havilland DH 106 Comet





1960s: Man lands on the moon and Boeing releases the 747.

Boeing 747





1970s: Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation unite to develop the Concorde, the first and only supersonic civilian aircraft.

the Concorde airplane





1980s: The first reusable spacecraft, Space Shuttle, is launched.

space shuttle





1990s: NASA sends the Mars Pathfinder to Mars to commence the first exploration on the surface of another planet.

Mars Pathfinder





2000s: The first nonstop, round-the-world flight by solar and battery-powered airplane is completed. Airbus release the A380 double-decker civilian passenger jet.

A380 double decker civilian passanger jet





2010s: Virgin Galactic start civilian passenger flight into space.

Virgin Galactic civilian flight into space

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