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History of Flight

Key events

Flights of fancy

Models

Aerodynamics

How planes fly

Historical development

Aero-engines

Flyers

Cayley

Lilienthal

Phillips

The Wright Brothers

Santos-Dumont

Cody

Links

About FirstFlight

In 1879 Victor Tatin developed a model plane powered by compressed air that was capable of taking off under its own power. This was seen as a significant achievement at the time.


Before his unfortunate death in a gliding accident in 1896, Otto Lilienthal had begun to experiment with an ornithopter version of one of his gliders powered by a gas engine.