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The Timeline of

Airplane Evolution


Leonardo da Vinci’s Ornithhopter 1485


Montgolfier’s Balloons 1783


George Cayley’s Glider 1799-1850’s


Otto Lilienthal’s Glider 1891


Samuel P. Langley’s Aerodrome 1891


Orville and Wilbur Wright’s Glider 1900


Orville And Wilbur Wright’s Airplane, First Flight 1903


Eugene Ely, First Take Off From A Ship 1910


Hugo Junker’s The Junker J4, First All Metal Plane 1917


Douglas 12 Passenger Twin Engine DC-1 1933


Boeing 247, First Modern Commercial Airliner 1933


Van Ohain’s The Heinkel HE 178, First Jet Airplane, Using First Jet Engine 1939


The Twin-Engine ME 262, First Practical Fighter Jet 1939-1945


Charles Yeager Piloting Bell X-1, Fastest Man Alive, First Man To Break Sound Barrier 1947


De Havilland Comet, First Jet Powered Commercial Aircraft, 1949


Boeing B-52 Bomber 1950’s


Learjet 23, First Mass Produced Small Jet Aircraft 1963


Boeing 747 1969


Concorde SST First Super Sonic In Commercial Airline Service 1976


Burt Rutan’s Voyager, Circumvented The Globe In 9 Days 1986


Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Bomber, 1990’s


Boeing 777, First Airplane Produced With Computer Aid 1995


ICON A5, Release of Light Sport Aircraft License 2004


Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Used For Stealth Missions Without Need For A Pilot 2006-2008


Boeing 787, Eco Friendly Plane 2009


SpaceShipTwo 2009

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