Changes of air transportation over time

Among the different modes of transport, air transport has experienced the fastest growth. However, it must overcome the problem of its infrastructures becoming saturated

1903-12-17 00:00:00

The first plane

The inventors of the first airplane were Orville and Wilbur Wright. They made the first successful experiment in which a machine, carrying a man by its own power..

1904-09-20 00:00:00

Complete circle made by an airplane

Realized also by Wright Flier and Wilbur Wright.

1905-06-23 00:00:00

Fully controllable and maneuverable flight

In was the first flight of theplane Wright Flyer #3 This aircraft was fully controllable, able to turn and bank, and remain aloft for up to 38 minutes.

1906-01-06 00:00:00

Aero exhibition

New York Aero Show. This was the first all-aviation exhibition.

1907-08-01 00:00:00

Air Service

The Aeronautical Division of the Signal Corps, in which two enlisted men, under the command of Capt Charles Chandler, were detailed to handle "all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines, and all kindred subjects"

1908-04-06 00:00:00

Aeroplane for export

Wilbur Wright delivered a Flier to Italy and instructed students

1908-05-14 00:00:00

Passenger flight

Wilbur Wright took along Charles Furnas, an employee, in a check flight for delivery of a government airplane

1908-05-19 00:00:00

Military pilot

First military pilots to fly in service

1908-06-10 00:00:00

Flying club and civil airport

The first airport was constructed

1908-09-09 00:00:00

Duration record

Wilbur set a new world duration record at 2h:18m in circling flight.

1908-10-07 00:00:00

First woman to fly as an airplane passenger

Mrs Hart O Berg, wife of the Wrights' European business manager, flew with Wilbur in England

1909-06-22 00:00:00

Flight in which a motion picture camera was used -

Wilbur Wright, piloted his Flier at Centocelle, Italy, with a cinematographer as passenger.

1909-08-23 00:00:00

Speed record -

At the world's first major air meet in Rheims, France, Glenn Curtiss became the first American to claim the recognized speed record by flying at 43.385 mph in his biplane

1909-12-09 00:00:00


The first monoplane flight, albeit only for about 30 feet

1910-02-01 00:00:00

Pilot license

Recipient of license #1 was Glenn Curtiss.

1910-05-29 00:00:00

City-to-city flight

Glenn Curtiss, from Albany NY to New York City, a then-epic flight of about 150 miles

1910-08-27 00:00:00

Air-to-ground radio

James McCurdy, in a Curtiss, sent and received messages.

1910-10-11 00:00:00

President to fly

Theodore Roosevelt, then out of office and on a speaking tour of the area, flew with Arch Hoxsey, who piloted a Wright Flier at Aviation Park

1919-05-16 00:00:00

Transatlantic flight

1919-09-18 00:00:00

Altitude record

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1920-06-14 00:00:00

Air Service created

1921-02-21 00:00:00

Transcontinental air mail service

Mineola NY to San Francisco

1922-06-01 00:00:00

Airline ticket agency

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1926-05-08 00:00:00

Airplane over the North Pole

1927-06-15 00:00:00

Air map

1928-09-19 00:00:00

Diesel airplane engine flight

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1928-11-28 00:00:00

Airplane over the South Pole

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1930-10-25 00:00:00

Transcontinental commercial air service

Between New York City and Los Angeles

1931-06-01 00:00:00

Global flight

1931-06-04 00:00:00

Rocket-powered, manned flight

William G Swan, at Bader Field, Atlantic City NJ, in his rocket-powered glider. He also carried some pieces of mail, which would undoubtedly qualify this flight as the first rocket air mail, as well

1940-10-01 00:00:00

Airplane to exceed 400 mph in level flight

1942-02-20 00:00:00

USN WW2 combat ace

1942-04-18 00:00:00

US attack on Japanese homeland

1942-06-14 00:00:00

US attack on Nazi Europe

Flown by B-17s of the 97th Bombardment Group against the Rouen-Sotteville railyards in France. The first USAAF air raid on Germany was made by 8th AF B-17s against Wilhelmshaven and other targets in northeastern Germany on Jan 27, 1943.

1942-10-08 00:00:00

Jet airplane

1944-06-05 00:00:00

Rocket airplane

1947-01-01 00:00:00

Lightplane global flight

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1949-03-02 00:00:00

Non-stop global flight

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1950-02-01 00:00:00

Air Force Academy

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1950-05-27 00:00:00

Korean War victory

1950-09-22 00:00:00

Transatlantic jet flight

1957-02-01 00:00:00

Transcontinental supersonic flight

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1958-02-01 00:00:00

NASA formed

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1967-06-06 00:00:00

Transcontinental carrier-to-carrier jet flight

- From USS Bonhomme Richard in the Pacific to USS Saratoga in the Atlantic

1973-09-29 00:00:00

Female airline pilot

Emily H Warner, as second officer on a Frontier Airlines Boeing 737.

1980-06-12 00:00:00

Man-powered flight across the English Channel

Changes of air transportation over time

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