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         Flying History, an airplane and aviation history timeline, from balloons to today's space flight, including           accomplishments,  specifications,  pictures,  sound,  and a guide to scale model radio control airplanes.



Throughout flying history, the most significant advances have generally occurred more rapidly during times of war, especially involving technological advancements.

Before the advent of aircraft, fleets of warships from the most powerful nations on earth would travel the oceans of the globe. Most recently flying history shows that aircraft controlling the skies would often be a deciding factor in the outcome of conflicts.

Flying history reveals that at the time when airplanes were first employed as instruments of war, crews tossed small, improvised bombs over the side on to a terrorized enemy on the ground. Hitting a target was a matter of luck.

The most recent flying history has established that modern airplanes can have the ability to employ stealth technology, arriving over a target without being detected, all the while traveling at transsonic and supersonic speeds. They can drop their ordnance with such accuracy as to minimize damage on surrounding areas.

In flying history, the advent of the jet engine and advances in aerodynamics mean that the airplane can fly higher and faster than ever before.

Although the speed of the airplane has increased greatly since the first ones took to the sky, accomplishments in airplane history have also taken place with regard to maneuverability.

Most recently, exotic materials have allowed for stronger, yet lighter structures. Airplanes can travel farther than ever before through the use of streamlining and more efficient engines.

Flying history has shown that recently, the biggest accomplishments within the earth's atmosphere have involved larger payloads being lifted to higher altitudes. A few airplanes have set remarkable speed records, but those have been on the edge of space where a thinner atmosphere allowed less speed reducing friction.

Our wish is that in future flying history there will be enhance science that will further the development of peaceful technology.









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FLYING HISTORY




November 21, 1783

A manned, untied hot air balloon takes flight in France.


December 17, 1903

First controlled flight of a powered aircraft - Wright Flyer


August 3, 1904

First U.S. Army dirigible takes flight - California Arrow


November 10, 1907

Controlled flight for over 60 seconds of a powered aircraft in Europe is achieved - Farman 1


November 30, 1907

First U.S. company to mass produce aircraft opens - Curtiss Airplane And Motor Co., New York


November 11, 1908

First European manufacturer of mass produced aircraft opens - Short Bros., England


May 17, 1909

First airplane routes map for France published - Cartes Guides Campbell


July 25, 1909

First airplane crosses English Channel - Bleriot XI


October 16, 1909

First airliner service started -Delag


March 28, 1910

First seaplane takes flight - Hydravion


May 30, 1910

First experimental jet powered aircraft receives a patent - Coanda-1910


August 27, 1910

First successful use of a radio in an airplane.


December 10, 1910

First experimental jet powered aircraft takes flight - Coanda-1910


February 18 , 1911

First delivery of mail by airplane - Humer-Sommer biplane


October 22, 1911

First use of aircraft in a war (scouting mission in Italo - Turkish War) - Bleriot XI


November 1, 1911

First bombs dropped (4 ea. 4.5 lbs.) from an airplane in a war (Italo - Turkish War) - Etrich Taube


November 5, 1911

Completion of first New York to California (coast-to-coast) U.S. airplane flight in 49 days - Burgess-Wright


February 1, 1912

First airplane to fly at over 100 mph - Deperdussin Monocoque


April 16, 1913

First airplane to win a Schneider Cup race - Deperdussin Racer


May 10, 1913

First four engine airplane takes flight -Sikorsky S-21


December 10, 1913

First Russian four engine strategic bomber flies - Sikorsky Illya Muromets


October 10, 1914

A dedicated fighter airplane takes flight -Vickers F.B.5 Gun Bus


December 3, 1914

Machine gun fires through airplane propeller arc - Morane Saulnier


April 1, 1915

First Russian aircraft designed as an escort fighter takes flight - Sikorsky S-XVI


May 23, 1915

First aircraft with a synchronized machine gun firing through the propeller arc Fokker Eindecker


November 6, 1915

First catapult launch of an aircraft from a moving ship - Curtiss AB2


January 1, 1916

First flight of an aircraft built mainly from metal - Junkers J1


July 15, 1916

William E. Boeing establishes himself in the aviation business by opening the Pacific Aero Products Co.


March 22, 1917

First airline company to provide scheduled flights is formed - Red Arrow Flying Service


August 2, 1917

Airplane lands on a moving ship - Sopwith Pup


September 22, 1917

First aircraft built by the new Supermarine Co. -P.B. 31E Nighthawk quadraplane


August 21, 1918

First flight of what will be the fastest fighter aircraft of its time and the primary French Air Force fighter. It will also be used in large numbers by the air forces of Belgium, Italy, and Japan -Nieuport-Delage NiD-29


February 5, 1919

Passenger airliner service between France and England begins - Farman F60 Goliath


May 15, 1919

U.S. postal air service commences.


May 31, 1919

Completion of the first flight from New York to England with stops along the way - Navy-Curtiss NC-4


June 15, 1919

Completion of first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean - Vickers Vimy


June 25, 1919

First non-military commercial transport built entirely without wood takes flight - Junkers F 13


July 21, 1919

Fokker Aircraft Co. is started.


October 7, 1919

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is started.


November 15, 1920

First airplane with retractable landing gear takes flight - RB-1 Racer


July 21, 1921

First battleship sunk by airplanes -Martin NBS-1


August 3, 1921

First crop duster - Curtiss Jenny


March 20, 1922

First U.S. aircraft carrier - U.S.S. Langley


September 4, 1922

First U.S. coast-to-coast flight in less than 24 hours - Airco DH4


February 23, 1923

First landing and take off of a Japanese fighter plane from an aircraft carrier - Mitsubishi 1MF


March 5, 1923

Sikorsky Aero Engineering begins operating in the U.S.A.


May 3, 1923

First U.S. coast to coast flight without landing is completed - Fokker T-2


June 23, 1924

Flight of the first aircraft built by the newly formed Focke Wulf Co. - A-16


September 28, 1924

First flight circumnavigating the world is completed - Douglas World Cruisers


November 26, 1925

First Soviet all-metal heavy bomber - Tupolev ANT-4 / TB-1


April 6, 1926

Lufthansa Airlines begins flight operations.


May 9, 1926

First flight crossing the North Pole - Fokker Trimotor


March 14, 1927

Pan American World Airways opens for business.


May 21, 1927

Completion of first solo non-stop flight acorss the Atlantic from New York to Paris- Ryan NYP


September 7, 1927

Cessna Aircraft Co. begins business.


June 11, 1928

First successful rocked powered airplane flight - Lippisch Ente


August 29, 1929

Civilian airplane tops front line military airplane in a race - Travel Air Mystery Ship


November 29, 1929

First flight crossing South Pole - Ford Trimotor


October 25, 1930

TWA starts regular scheduled transcontinental flights in the U.S.A.


December 22, 1930

World's first modern four engine monoplane bomber -Tupolev TB-3


November 29, 1931

Japanese aircraft attack Manchuria -Mitsubishi G3M Rikko


February 8, 1933

First of a generation of "modern" airliners takes flight -Boeing 247


July 15, 1933

First Atlantic crossing by a large aircraft squadron - Savoia Marchetti S.55


July 22, 1933

Completion of first solo circumnavigation of the world - Lockheed Vega


October 31, 1933

First single wing with no external bracing fighter aircraft that has retractable landing gear - Polikarpov I-16


July 1, 1934

World record of an airplane to fly a total of 635 hours, 34 minutes before landing - Curtiss Robin


October 23, 1934

The still standing propeller driven seaplane speed record of 440.68 MPH is established - Macchi Castoldi MC-72


March 23, 1935

World's first successful retrieval in flight of a parasite fighter by its mothership - Soviet Zveno Project


July 17, 1935

Mass produced modern four engine U.S. bomber takes to the sky - Boeing B-17


December 17, 1935

The world's most advanced airliner to date takes to the sky - Douglas DC-3


March 4, 1936

The largest vehicle ever to fly - Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenberg


July 20, 1936

The first mass military air transport of the Spanish Civil War begins - Junkers Ju 52


August 7, 1936

First Luftwaffe fighter aircraft are deployed to aid Franco's forces in Spain - Heinkel He 51


May 6, 1937

World's largest Zeppelin lost while attempting to land - LZ 129


July 4, 1937

Fully controlled helicopter long duration flight - Focke Wulf FW-61


August 11, 1937

British fighter aircraft with more than four machine guns takes to the sky - Boulton Paul Defiant


November 2, 1937

British fighter intercepts another aircraft using ground based radar - Glouster Gauntlet


October 11, 1938

British single seat twin engine fighter aircraft flies - Westland Whirlwind


December 31, 1938

World's first passenger airliner with interior pressurization - Boeing 307


January 26, 1939

First U.S. fighter plane capable of speeds over 400 mph - Lockheed P-38 Lightning


April 26, 1939

German racer aircraft sets a world speed record of 469 mph - Messerschmitt Me 209


August 27, 1939

Experimental jet takes flight - Heinkel He 178


December 17, 1939

First air-to-ground rockets - Ilyushin IL-2


December 17, 1939

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan enacted - de Havilland Tiger Moth


July 28, 1940

Radar intercept of an enemy aircraft: Bristol Blenheim


August 3, 1940

Transport helicopter flies - FA-223


August 27, 1940

First Italian jet powered aircraft - Caproni Campini N1


September 22, 1940

Jet fighter takes flight - He-280


December 7, 1940

Monoplane RAF dive bomber takes to the sky - Fairey Barracuda


October 1, 1940

First single engine U.S. fighter with a top speed over 400 mph - F4U Corsair


October 26, 1940

Prototype of what will become the premier escort fighter of WW II flies - North American P-51 Mustang


March 12, 1941

Four engine bomber flies World War II missions against German forces - Halifax


April 6, 1941

First aircraft ejection seat - Heinkel He 280


April 17, 1941

First ever lift off and landing of a helicopter on water - Vought-Sikorsky VS-300


August 8, 1941

Soviet aircraft bomb Berlin for the first time - Ilyushin IL-4


September 23, 1941

The Soviet battleship Marat sinks after being hit by a 2,200 lb. bomb dropped by a Luftwaffe dive bomber - Junkers Ju-87


December 7, 1941

Japanese carrier launched aircraft attack Pearl Harbor Hawaii, sinking or seriously damaging most of the U.S. Pacific Fleet - Aichi Val


December 18, 1941

Lt. Col. Boyd Wagner becomes first U.S. ace of WW II - Curtiss P-40 Warhawk


December 28, 1941

Test flight of a cruise missile - Fieseler Fi 103 V-1


January 14, 1942

First time that a helicopter lands on a ship at sea - Sikorsky R-4


March 17, 1942

The Luftwaffe fits their dive bombing aircraft with 37 mm anti-tank cannons - Junkers Ju-87 Stuka


April 28, 1942

U.S. aircraft raid on Japan after the start of World War II - North American B-25


May 21, 1942

Airplane designated from the start as a night fighter takes to the air - Northrop P-61


June 11, 1942

Dedicated Soviet night bomber regiment aircraft begin harrassment missions against German troops -Polikarpov Po-2


June 12, 1942

First U.S. bomber raid on Ploesti - B-24 Liberators


July 18, 1942

Operational jet aircraft flight - Me-262


September 9, 1942

Air attack by Japan on U.S. mainland - Yokosuka E14Y


October 3, 1942

First successful flight of German long range ballastic missile - V-2


December 4, 1942

First U.S. planes bomb Italy - B-24 Liberators


December 10, 1942

First successful flight of a German cruise missile - V-1 Fieseler Fi 103


December 23, 1942

Long range bomber designed to attack U.S. East Coast takes flight - Messerschmitt Me 264


June 15, 1943

Jet bomber flies - Arado Ar 234


June 23, 1943

Operational aircraft with ejection seats - Heinkel He-219


August 18, 1943

Dedicated rescue helicopter takes flight that would eventually be used in the Antarctic - Sikorsky H-5


August 31, 1943

U.S. Navy's newest fighter plane flies first sorties - F6F Hellcat


September 9, 1943

After Italy joins the Allies, their battleship Roma sinks after being hit by two radio control bombs dropped by Luftwaffe bombers - Dornier Do 217


September 12, 1943

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is rescued from captors by aircraft - Fieseler Fi 156


October 20, 1943

Experimental bomber intended to fly to and drop bombs on the U.S. flies for the first time - Junkers Ju 390


November 2, 1943

Multi-engine U.S. Navy fighter flies - Grumman F7F


November 5, 1943

U.S. carrier aircraft begin attacks on Japanese warships near Truk Island - Douglas SBD Dauntless


January 8, 1944

First flight of what will become the U.S.A.F. first operational jet fighter- P-80 Shooting Star

January 18, 1944

U.S. aircraft anti-submarine patrols launched over the Strait of Gibraltar- PBY Catalina


February 17, 1944

U.S. Carrier aircraft launch night raids on Japanese targets on and around Truk Island - Grumman Avenger


May 22, 1944

Kamikaze attacks launched - Ki-45


June 14, 1944

Production rocket propelled fighter plane becomes operational - Me163


June 15, 1944

U.S. heavy bombers begin strategic bombing of Japan - B-29 Superfortress


August 14, 1944

Allies begin parachuting troops into France - Douglas C-47 Skytrain


September 5, 1944

German plan to kill Soviet leader Stalin is aborted when their transport airplane is damaged beyond repair upon landing - Arado Ar 232


March 21, 1945

Japanese rocket plane deployed for the first time - Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka


September 6, 1945

Flight of a helicopter across the English Channel - FA-223


June 25, 1945

First U.S. sheduled cargo transport company, National Skyway Freight, begins operations - Budd C-93 Conestoga


August 6, 1945

U.S. bomber drops atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima - Boeing B-29


November 6, 1945

First ever jet power airplane landing on an aircraft carrier - Ryan FR Fireball


December 3, 1945

British jet airplane lands on an aircraft carrier - de Havilland Vampire


January 10, 1946

A Sikorsky helicopter climbs to 21,000 feet, making it the highest flying helicopter of the time - H-5


June 1, 1946

Pan American World Airways begins regular service from New York to London - Constellation


June 21, 1946

First pure jet to land on U.S.Navy carrier - McDonnell Phantom


June 25, 1946

Flying wing bomber takes flight - XB-35


August 17, 1946

First U.S. test of manned ejection seat during aircraft flight - P-61 Black Widow


September 29, 1946

Non-stop flight distance record set - P2V Neptune


September 2, 1947

British Navy jet flies - Sea Hawk


October 14, 1947

Aicraft goes supersonic in level flight - Bell X-1


November 24, 1947

Grumman jet fighter takes flight -F9F


December 17, 1947

Swept wing bomber deployed by the U.S.A.F. - Boeing B-47


June 26, 1948

Berlin Airlift commences - C-54 Skymaster


July 16, 1948

First mid-range turboprop aircraft used for passenger transportation - Vickers Viscount


September 5, 1948

Weight of cargo carried aloft record set - Martin Mars


December 8, 1948

U.S.A.F. bomber flies 9,400 non-stop without refueling - B-36


December 8, 1948

Smithsonian Institute takes possession of first aircraft to achieve controlled powered flight - Wright Flyer


March 2, 1949

Completion of the first around the world airplane flight with mid-air refueling - Boeing B-50


April 16, 1949

American production jet aircraft with afterburner and operational all weather interceptor - F-94


May 13, 1949

First British jet bomber - English Electric Canberra


February 1, 1950

First jet landing on an U.S. aircraft carrier at night - F9F Panther


June 25, 1950

North Korean aircraft bomb the airport at Kimpo marking the start of the Korean war - Yak-9


June 27, 1950

U.S. fighter downs three enemy aircraft in one of the first U.S. air actions of the Korean war - F-82


June 27, 1950

U.S. jets down four enemy aircraft in the first jet U.S. air action of the Korean war - P-80 Shooting Star


September 4, 1950

First rescue by a U.S. helicopter of a pilot behind enemy lines - Sikorsky H-5


September 5, 1950

First successful bomb drop from an aircraft flying at over 500 mph - B-45 Tornado


November 8, 1950

U.S. F-80 downs North Korean jet in first jet to jet encounter of Korean War - Mig-15


December 1, 1950

Helicopters assigned to U.S. MASH facilities - Bell H-13 Sioux


December 18, 1950

Newest swept wing U.S. jet fighters deployed in Korea - F-86 Sabre


January 23, 1951

U.S. jet fighters claim victories over four MiG-15's in one day - Republic F-84


January 5, 1952

Pan Am introduces all cargo transport from New York to London - Douglas DC-6


April 15, 1952

First flight of what is still the backbone of the U.S. heavy bomber fleet - Boeing B-52


May 2, 1952

First jet powered passenger airliner to fly regular service - de Havilland DH 106 Comet


July 31, 1952

First helicopter to cross the Atlantic - Sikorsky S-55


November 2, 1952

First U.S. jet night victory using radar - F3D Skyknight


May 25, 1953

U.S. production aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight - F-100


September 18, 1953

Soviet aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight - MiG-19


October 3, 1953

US Navy aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight - F4D


October 29, 1953

International jet aircraft speed record of 754 mph set - F-100 Super Sabre


March 4, 1954

Aircraft sets simultaneous records for speed, altitude and time to climb - F-104


May 1, 1954

USAF AWAC flights begin - EC-121


August 3, 1954

Experimental jet powered seaplane goes supersonic - F2Y Sea Dart


August 26, 1954

Experimental turbine powered helicopter sets 155.9 mph speed record - Sikorsky XH-39


November 5, 1954

First non-rotorcraft successful transition from vertical take-off to horizontal flight and back - Convair XFY Pogo


December 19, 1954

Supersonic all-weather interceptor and operational delta-wing aircraft - F-102


March 25, 1955

Supersonic carrier-based aircraft - F-8


May 31, 1955

Jacqueline Auriol sets aircraft woman's speed record of 715 mph - Dassault Mystere

June 6, 1955

Highest helicopter landing and takeoff of 15,772 ft. with pilot Jean Moine at Mt. Blanc - Bell 47


October 15, 1955

Aircraft 500 km. course speed record of 695 mph set - Douglas A4 Skyhawk


August 24, 1956

First ever U.S. helicopter flys non-stop coast-to-coast - Piasecki H-21


January 18, 1957

Jet airplane flight around the world without landing - Boeing B-52


August 28, 1957

British aircraft sets altitude record - English Electric Canberra


August 31, 1957

British delta-wing jet bomber flies - Avro Vulcan


December 6, 1957

First U.S. built turboprop airliner flies - L188 Electra


December 12, 1957

World aircraft speed record is now 1,207 mph - F-101 Voodoo


January 14, 1958

Quantas Airlines now has around the globe flights - C-121


May 7, 1958

New aircraft altitude record of 91,243 feet set - F-104 Starfighter


May 16, 1958

New aircraft speed record of 1,403 mph set - F-104 Starfighter


May 30, 1958

First jet airliner built by Douglas Aircraft takes flight - DC-8


June 4, 1959

Still standing single engine light aircraft distance record set - Piper PA-24 Comanche


July 14, 1959

New aircraft altitude record of 94,659 feet set - Sukhoi Su-9


August 26, 1959

First woman, Jacqueline Auriol, flies faster than Mach II - Mirage III


October 31, 1959

New aircraft speed record of 1,484 mph set - MiG 21 Ye66


December 6, 1959

New helicopter altitude record of 29,846 feet set - HH-43 Huskie


December 14, 1959

New aircraft altitude record of 103,389 feet set - F-104 Starfighter


December 15, 1959

New aircraft speed record of 1,525 mph set - F-106 Delta Dart


May 1, 1960

U.S. spyplane, capable of continuous flight at altitudes in excess of 60,000 feet, downed by surface launched missiles over Russia - Lockheed U-2


August 12, 1960

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 136,000 feet - North American X-15


May 4, 1961

Still standing manned balloon altitude record of 113,740 feet set.


November 9, 1961

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,092 mph - North American X-15


November 22, 1961

New aircraft speed record of 1,606.3 mph set - F-4 Phantom


June 27, 1962

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,104 mph - North American X-15


July 7, 1962

New aircraft speed record of 1,665.9 mph set - Mikoyan Ye-152 prototype


July 17, 1962

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 314,688 feet - North American X-15


January 17, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 271,392 feet - North American X-15


May 1, 1963

Woman's aircraft speed record of 1,203.7 mph set by Jacquelin Cochran -  F-104


June 25, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 3,910 mph - North American X-15


June 27, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 284,592 feet - North American X-15


July 18, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 3,925 mph - North American X-15


July 19, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship reaches an altitude of 347,424 feet - North American X-15


November 13, 1963

Largest aircraft lands on and takes off from an aircraft carrier - C-130


December 5, 1963

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,017 mph - North American X-15


April 17, 1964

Geraldine Mock completes first woman's aerial global solo circumnavigation - Cessna 180


December 21, 1964

Operational aircraft employing variable geometry wings takes flight - F-111


December 22, 1964

First flight of speed and altitude setting jet aircraft with records which are still standing today - SR-71 Blackbird


March 6, 1965

Helicopter distance record of 2,116 miles set - Sikorsky Sea King


May 1, 1965

New aircraft speed record of 2,070.1 mph set - SR-71 Blackbird prototype YF-12A


September 7, 1965

Dedicated attack helicopter and first to have tandem crew seating flies - AH-1 Cobra


November 15, 1965

Pole to pole around the world flight completed - Boeing 707


July 28, 1966

Still standing aircraft speed record of 2,193.2 mph set - SR-71 Blackbird prototype YF-12A


September 24, 1966

New woman's aircraft speed record of 1,270 mph set by Marina Solovyeva - MiG-21


November 18, 1966

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship flies at a speed of 4,250 mph - North American X-15


January 2, 1967

American jets down a total of seven enemy fighter aircraft in a single day over Vietnam -
F-4 Phantom


February 26, 1967

U.S. aircraft begining mining of North Vietnam targets - A-6 Intruder


June 5, 1967

The 1,000 airliner to be powered by jet engines is produced by Boeing - Boeing 707


August 11, 1967

U.S. fighter bombers attack and cut the North Vietnam Paul Doumer Bridge - F-105 Thunderchief


October 3, 1967

U.S. rocket powered aircraft launched from a mother ship sets the still standing speed record of 4,520 mph - North American X-15


October 8, 1967

U.S. dedicated attack helicopter in combat for the first time - AH-1 Cobra


December 4, 1967

New U.S. Navy attack aircraft fly their first combat missions over Vietnam - A-7 Corsair


October 24, 1967

Airborne radar aircraft directs an attack successfully on an enemy airplane - EC-121


December 31, 1968

Airliner capable of speeds over Mach 1 takes flight - Tu-144


October 28, 1972

World's first twin engine wide cabin airliner takes flight - Airbus A300


January 21, 1976

Regularly scheduled supersonic flights commence -  Concorde


August 13, 1976

America's first light twin helicopter takes flight - Bell 222



April 25, 1978

Helicopter outside of the Soviet Union certified for all-weather operations flies - SA330


Sept. 30, 1982

Helicopter around the world flight - Bell 206


December 14, 1984

Forward swept wing (FSW) aircraft exceeds the speed of sound - X-29


December 23, 1986

Completion of flight of only airplane to circumnavigate the earth without landing or refueling - Rutan Voyager


February 22, 1987

Flight of sub-sonic airliner using fly by wire controls - A320


October 9, 1988

Aircraft flies fully automated from takeoff to landing - Condor


December 7, 1988

F-15B development aircraft modified by NASA for flight control research - F-15 S/MTD


December 21, 1988

First flight of world's heaviest airplane - Antonov An-225 Mriya


March 19, 1989

Production tilt-rotor aircraft flies - V-22


February 17, 1991

Civil aviation four seat airplane with a pressurized cabin flies - Lancair IV-P


June 14, 1994

Jetliner 100% digitally designed using three dimension computer graphics takes to the sky - Boeing 777


April 24, 2001

Drone aircraft successfully flies across the Pacific - RQ-4


August 13, 2001

Solar powered aircraft sets altitude record - NASA Helios


June 21, 2004

Non-government manned aircraft reaches space - SpaceShipOne


April 27, 2005

First flight of the world's largest ever mass produced airliner - Airbus A380


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