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.
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
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.
Though camouflage had been experimented with in World War I, it wasn’t until the Second World War that it came into its own. In World War II colors were used on aircraft for identification as well as camouflage. All parties in both the Axis and the Allies used distinctive coloring for advantages.
Seared into the memory of countless people, the destruction of the Hindenburg was one of the first tragedies recorded and viewed worldwide. While many of the Hindenburg disaster myths were debunked over the years, with this exposure came a long series of possible explanations for the catastrophe.
Learn about the value of WWII aircraft in today’s dollars and how the cost of an airplane differed from the WW2 era to today.
The De Havilland Comet ushered in the era of jet airliner travel. This historic jet ended up as one of the most infamous airplanes of all time.
The Sopwith Camel may be the most famous airplane of WWI. It was dangerous to enemy pilots and almost equally dangerous to pilots learning to fly the maneuverable but quirky Camel.
Sukhoi is a near legendary name in the aviation world - the company has produced aircraft since 1930 and is the design bureau behind such successful aircraft as the SU-24 Fencer strike fighter and the SU-27 Flanker series of air superiority fighters. Sukhoi’s future is bright in Russia and abroad.
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is Sweden’s premier fighter aircraft and one of the first specifically built with export markets in mind. The prime competitors for the Gripen in export markets are upgraded versions of the F-16 and the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter built by the United States.