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History of Aviation
100 Years of Passenger Air Travel
Experience 100 years of passenger air travel with these five illustrated scenes, each depicting an era of passenger flight. Learn about the advances in aircraft design, passenger experience, safety innovations, social impact, and environmental issues.
Aerospace History Timeline
This Aerospace History Timeline begins in 1000 B.C.E., when Chinese citizens invented human-carrying kites. From there, it transports users on a journey through time and space right through to 2020.
Bessie Coleman: Barnstorming Pioneer
Coleman made history as the first African American woman and the first Native American woman to earn a pilot's license. This short documentary details her life and career, from her education and training to her time as a pilot and stuntwoman.
CBC Archives: Silver Dart makes aviation history
This radio clip from CBC Archives features an interview with J.A.D. McCurdy describing the first powered flight in Canada.
DK Find Out: History of Aircraft
This page has a selection of aircraft from history. Click on any of the craft to get a more detailed explanation and images.
DK Find Out: The Wright Flyer
See an image of the Wright Flyer, the airplane that made history. Around the image, you can click on various parts of the plane or Historic Flight to learn more about the first flight.
Encyclopedia Britannica: Sir George Cayley
Sometimes called the Father of Aviation, Cayley was the first to identify the four aerodynamic forces of flight and the first to build a successful human-carrying glider.
RAF100: Aiming for Awesome
There are 10 resources, each covering a different decade of Royal Air Force (UK) history. Each resource allows key stage 2 and 3 pupils to explore, through hands on activities, the applications of the knowledge they learn in science, design and technology, mathematics and computing.
TED: The Future of Air Travel
What does the future hold for travel by air? This video takes a look at the beginning, starting with the achievements of the Wright Brothers through the speed of the Concorde and recent developments.
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