Hopping onto a plane and criss-crossing the continents is a straightforward affair. But behind the comfortably furnished fuselages and complimentary nuts lies an inspirational history full of pioneering people, machines, achievements, and breakthrough moments
History of Human Flight
Throughout time, humans have always wanted to fly. This led many people to try and flap artificial wings to fly like birds but this didn’t end up being the best method. Other tecniques like heating air were explored and found to work well, giving us the modern-day hot air ballon. Gliders were also invented to achieve semi-flight but it still wasn’t really flying. Hot air ballons started to be seen as early in the 1700’s but did not become a popular method until later periods in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The most familiar method of human flight we may be with is using propeller or jet-powered airplanes. A basic version of an airplane was flown in the late 19th century and was powered under steam.
The history of aviation is filled with important and exciting milestones. Some are well known, others a little more esoteric, but all are fascinating. Find out what you know of aviation history with this Aviation History quiz.
Aircraft has long been used in the military, even prior to WWI. First uses included scouting and occasional bombings. Then fighter planes were developed, leading to today’s advanced fighter jets. Explore the fascinating history of military aviation with this guide.