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.
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.
The Boeing Jumbo Jet Boeing 747. Model 247 first flew on February 8, 1933 and entered service later that year.
1972-First flight of the Airbus A300.