Timeline OF Flight

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1802-Invention of the frameless parachuteby Andre-Jacques Garnerin.

1900-Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin pilots his experimental first Zeppelin, over Lake Constance, reaching an altitude of 400 metres with five men on board. Although the flight lasts only 18 minutes, covers only 5.6 kilometers, and ends in an emergency landing on the lake, it is the first flight of a truly successful rigid airship.

1903-The Wright Brothers make four flights in their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina following years of research and development. Orville Wright takes off first and flies 120 ft (37 m) in 12 seconds. This is frequently considered the first controlled, powered heavierthan- air flight and is the first such flight photographed. On the fourth effort, which is considered by some to be the first true controlled, powered heavier-than-air flight, Wilbur flies 852 ft (260 m) in 59 seconds.

1907-The Cornu helicopter was an experimental helicopter built in France, and is widely credited with the first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft when it took to the air on 13 November 1907.

1930-The first female flight attendant was a 25-year-old registered nurse named Ellen Church who was hired by United Airlines.

1933-The Boeing Jumbo Jet Boeing 747. Model 247 first flew on February 8, 1933 and entered service later that year.

1935-The Douglas DC-3 makes its maiden flight at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California.

1949-The world’s first jetpropelled airliner, the de Havilland DH 106 Comet, took to the skies at Hatfield in Hertfordshire, the home of the de Havilland Aircraft Company, United Kingdom headquarters.

1954-Boeing 707 makes its first flight.

1955-The first French jetliner, known as Caravelle, makes its first flight in Toulouse. The aeroplane has jet engines placed at the rear of the fuselage to make the cabin silent.

1968-The Soviet Union’s Tupolev TU-144 supersonic airliner makes its first flight.

1969-The first commercial flight of the French Concorde and the appearance of the The Boeing Jumbo Jet B-747.

1972-First flight of the Airbus A300