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Airplanes: Through the Years. 1891 – Otto Lilienthal. Lilienthal was the first person to design a glider that could fly a person and fly long distances. “History of Flight.” Online image. 27 May 2008. http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html. 1891 – Samuel P. Langley.

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1891 – Otto Lilienthal

Lilienthal was the first person to design a glider that could fly a person and fly long distances.

“History of Flight.” Online image. 27 May 2008. http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html


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1891 – Samuel P. Langley

Langley built a model of a plane called an aerodrome, which included a steam powered engine. The model flew, but the full size aerodrome was too heavy and it crashed.

“History of Flight.” Online image. 27 May 2008. http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html


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1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers’ Kitty Hawk Flyer was the first airplane to successfully fly. It traveled 120 feet in 12 seconds.

“History of Flight.” Online image. 27 May 2008. http://www.ueet.nasa.gov/StudentSite/historyofflight.html


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1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown

These British pilots were the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. Their plane was called Vickers Vimy.

“Vickers Vimy.” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Dice/2996/vickers-vimy.jpg


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1931 – Wiley Post

Post and his navigator Harold Gatty flew their plane around the world in 8 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes.

“Lockheed Orion Model 9E Special.” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/pathfinders/Wiley%20Post.htm


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1941 – Tuskegee Airmen

These P51 Mustangs were one type of airplane flown by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

“P51 Mustang.” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/photo_albums/timeline/ww2/2/P51%20Mustang.htm


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1947 – Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager was the first pilot to fly fast enough to break the sound barrier – 670 miles per hour!

“Chuck Yeager..” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/jet%20age/top%20speed.htm


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1950s – U-2 Spy Plane

These planes were used by the United States to secretly collect information from Russia.

“U-2..” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/jet%20age/top%20speed.htm


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1960s – SRI-71 Blackbird

This plane is the only plane that can fly at Mach 3 (about 2010 miles per hour!) for 2-3 hours at a time.

“SRI-71 Blackbird.” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/jet%20age/top%20speed.htm


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1980s – F-15 Eagle

These planes are still used by the U.S. military today.

“F-15 Eagle.” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.century-of-flight.freeola.com/Aviation%20history/jet%20age/cold%20war%20fighters.htm


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2008 – B-2 Spirit

This plane’s unique shape makes it almost impossible for radar to locate it.

“B-2 Spirit.” Online image. 28 May 2008. http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet_media.asp?fsID=82


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