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: 

Wright brothers first flight1903: The Wright brothers make the first manned, powered, controlled flight.

NC4 first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean1919: the NC4 is the first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Charles Lindburgh in the Spirit of St. Louis1927: Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight in The Spirit of St. Louis, traveling from New York to Paris, France.

Transatlantic flights with PanAm and BOAC1930s: The first Transatlantic Proving flights take place, with PanAm and BOAC traveling from Newfoundland to Foynes and vice verse.

Transatlantic passenger flights to Foynes1940s: Transatlantic passenger flights to Foynes commence. After WWII, landplanes take over.

de Havilland DH 106 Comet1950s: Flights are offered in the first commercial jet airliner, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet.

Boeing 7471960s: Man lands on the moon and Boeing releases the 747.

the Concorde airplane1970s: Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation unite to develop the Concorde, the first and only supersonic civilian aircraft.

space shuttle1980s: The first reusable spacecraft, Space Shuttle, is launched.

Mars Pathfinder1990s: NASA sends the Mars Pathfinder to Mars to commence the first exploration on the surface of another planet.

A380 double decker civilian passanger jet2000s: The first nonstop, round-the-world flight by solar and battery-powered airplane is completed. Airbus release the A380 double-decker civilian passenger jet.

Virgin Galactic2010s: Virgin Galactic start civilian passenger flight into space.