Timeline - History of Flight
1783 Joseph Montgolfier launched the first hotair balloon.
Jean Pierre Blanchard made a successful trip across the English Channel. 1785
1804 Cayley developed the first winged glider.
Stringfellow was responsible for the first power-driven model plane. 1848
1852 Griffard piloted the first steam powered airship.
Lilienthal pilots his glider and ends
up taking 2000 glider flights. 1891
1903 Wright Brothers made first controlled flight.
Santos-Dumont makes first official flight in Europe. 1906
1909 McCurdy made the first Canadian flight (Silver Dart), and a 25 hp monoplane flies over the English Channel.
Rogers flew across the U.S. in 49 days. 1911
1912 First woman, Harriet Quimby flew over the English Channel.
First airmail in Canada carried by Captain Brian Peck. 1918
1919 First crossing of the Atlantic Ocean
Navy Seaplane in 54 hr.
Army pilots fly non-stop across the U.S. 1923
1924 Around the world by 2 Douglais World Cruisers.
Byrd and Bennett fly to the North Pole. 1926
1929 First flight using only instrument was made by Doolittle.
Amelia Earhart, the first woman 1932
to fly solo over the Atlantic.
1933 The first non-stop flight across Canada by F.Hawks.
1939 First real successful helicopter flight.
1947 Yeager breaks the sound barrier.
Cochran was the first woman cross the sound barrier. 1953
1967 Helicopters crossed non-stop over the Atlantic.
First flights of the supersonics, French Concorde. 1969
1970 Boeing 747 First Commercial Flights.
First commercial flight of the Concorde. 1976
1986 Rutan and Yeager complete a non-stop around the world trip without refueling in an altra-modern aircraft, Voyager-(milestone of aviation history).
Earhart attempts around the world but disappeared. 1937
Canadian DC 3, became the backbone 1945
of commercial airliners
Linda Finch completed Earhart's around the world trip. 1997
1998 Record breaking balloon flight - over 24 000 km by Steve Fossett
Supersonic Concorde's last flight. 2003