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A pictorial history of the airplane and the men and women associated with flight - pilots, astronauts, inventors, and others.

Since the beginning of time, humans have wanted to fly. While this goal was sought in many ways (fashioning wings and wearing them, hot air balloons, gliders), it wasn't until the beginning of the 20th century that the modern concept of the airplane was successfully achieved.

Flying facts:

  • KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines - is the oldest airline operating under its original name and still flying in the world. It was formed in 1919.


  • The Boeing 747's 195 ft wing-span is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight - the Kitty Hawk flew 120 feet.


  • In the Fall of 1783 three passengers as well as a sheep, a rooster and a duck successfully flew in a hot air balloon.


  • English is used internationally in flight - all flight controllers and pilots must speak English if they are involved with flight between countries.


  • Harriet Quimby was the first woman licensed to pilot a plane in the U.S. - in 1911. She was also the first woman to fly across the English Channel.


  • Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly solo, without stops, across the Atlantic in 1927.


  • Chuck Yeager was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound in 1947.


  • Take heart: approximately 95.7% of people involved in a plane crash survive the crash.


Following is a pictorial history of flight and of the men and women associated with this history.

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Taken in Philippines in .
That's a photo of my father Pvt. Leonard J. Chapman, holding the rear of the... more
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A photo of Arthur Richard Hugh Beauman's plane
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Taken in Cairns, QLD Australia in .
A photo of S/L Norman Henry Nixon arriving at Cairns Airport with the 1956... more
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A photo of Robert E Montague (1921 - 1998) and crew
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A photo of Willard Dewayne Dover
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Taken in Canada .
Douglas,beside an ancient bi-plane (I think). Douglas volunteered in the... more
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Taken on .
Orville Wright and Lieutenant Lahm of the United States Signal Corps making... more
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A photo of Orville Wright at start of flight, Fort Meyer [i.e. Myer], VA
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Taken in .
Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright seated on steps of rear porch, 7 Hawthorne... more
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Taken in .
Orville, Wilbur, and Katherine Wright, with others
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Taken at Tinian, N Mariana Islands.
A photo of "Jook" Girl - B-29 nose art
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Taken in Duxford, Cambridgeshire County, England United Kingdom on .
Had a flight in this aircraft, after researching an accident that killed one... more
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Taken in .
A photo of Gordon W. Kirchener and the ship my Dad (Gordon) worked on.
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A photo of Barth Edward Clevenger
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Taken at Mitchel Air Field, Long Island, Nassau County, NY USA in .
A photo of an old Ford Tri-motor Mitchel Air Base June 1941 A James A Fazzi... more
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Taken at Mitchel Air Field, Long Island, Nassau County, Ny USA in .
A photo of a Luscombe Silvaire June 1941 Long Island NY.A James A Fazzi Sr Photo
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Taken at Mitchel Air Field, Long Island, Nassau County, Ny USA in .
Lockheed Airplane At Roosevelt Field Mitchel Air Base June 1941 A James A... more
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Taken at Mitchel Air Field, Long Island, Nassau County, NY USA in .
A photo of D.W. Sparks & His Piper Cub Airplane Jun 1941 Long Island N.Y. A... more
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Taken at Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea in .
B-24 Hit By A Jap Bomb Jan 1943...A James A Fazzi Sr Picture
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Taken at Milne Bay, Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea in .
A photo of a B-24 Hit By A Jap Daisey Cutter Incendiary Bomb During The 23... more
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Taken at New Guinea, in .
B-17 Hit By Japanese Bombs Jan 1943 ...A James A Fazzi Sr Picture
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Taken at Milne Bay, Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea in .
B-17 Bombed And Burning Milne Bay, Jan 1943 ....A James A Fazzi Sr Picture
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Taken at Mareeba, Mareeba, Mareeba Shire County, QLD Australia in .
Aussie Tiger Moth Trainer - Mareeba - March 1943 ..A James A Fazzi Picture
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Taken at Milne Bay, Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea in .
An Australian Beaufort Bomber - Milne Bay, Nov 1942 ...A James a Fazzi Sr... more
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Taken at New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
A photo of an Armorer Working On A P-38 Just Like An Automobile ...A James A... more
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Taken at Langley Air Field, Hampton, VA in .
YOA-5 Langley Field VA Sept 1940 James A Fazzi Sr Photo
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Taken at Langley Air Field, Hampton, VA on .
A photo of Msgt. James A Fazzi Sr In The Cockpit Of P-40 35th Pursuit... more
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Taken at Langley Air Field, Hampton, VA.
Boeing Flying Fortress Langley Field VA James A Fazzi Sr Photo
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Taken at Langley Air Field, Hampton, VA in .
A photo of a Tow Target Operation, Langley Field VA Ready To Go Up In A... more
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Taken at Trumbull Air Field, Groton, New London County, CT United States Of America in .
Trumbull Field Later Known As Groton Army Field Changing Wings On A P-40... more
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