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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
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
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

1903 orville and wilbur wright
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

1919 john alcock and arthur whitten brown
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

1931 wiley post
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

1941 tuskegee airmen
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

1947 chuck yeager
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

1950s u 2 spy plane
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

1960s sri 71 blackbird
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

1980s f 15 eagle
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

2008 b 2 spirit
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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