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History Of Flight

History Of Flight

The History of Flight, as told through a selection of our images, illustrations and video.
Otto Lilienthal, German Pioneer of Aviation
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RIA Novosti / Science Source
Otto Lilienthal, German Pioneer of Aviation
WWI, Pilot Dropping Bomb by Hand
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Getty Research Institute / Science Source
WWI, Pilot Dropping Bomb by Hand
Simulated airliner near miss
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SAMUEL ASHFIELD / Science Source
Simulated airliner near miss
Flight simulator
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MIKE MILLER / Science Source
Flight simulator
Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix
Aeroplane maintenance
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JAMES KING-HOLMES / Science Source
Aeroplane maintenance
Aeroplane maintenance
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JAMES KING-HOLMES / Science Source
Aeroplane maintenance
Aeroplane engine maintenance
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JAMES KING-HOLMES / Science Source
Aeroplane engine maintenance
747 Cargo Plane Loading
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L. Carstens/ClassicStock / Science Source
747 Cargo Plane Loading
Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix
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LOC/Science Source / Science Source
Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix
WWII, Women Airforce Service Pilots
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USAF/Science Source / Science Source
WWII, Women Airforce Service Pilots
Apollo 11 Launch, 1969
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NASA / Science Source
Apollo 11 Launch, 1969
Hot air balloon safari
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PHOTOSTOCK-ISRAEL / Science Source
Hot air balloon safari
1920S 1930S People Looking At Gondola Of Graf...
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Camerique/ClassicStock / Science Source
1920S 1930S People Looking At Gondola Of Graf...
Venus Cloud City, Artist Concept
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ACL at NASA Langley / Science Source
Venus Cloud City, Artist Concept
1930S 1940S Pan American Airways Flying Boat...
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L. Carstens/ClassicStock / Science Source
1930S 1940S Pan American Airways Flying Boat...
1900S 1910S Lincoln Beachey Airship Cross...
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H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock / Science Source
1900S 1910S Lincoln Beachey Airship Cross...
Blanche Scott, American Aviatrix and Daredevil
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LOC/Science Source / Science Source
Blanche Scott, American Aviatrix and Daredevil
Unloading Supplies, Antarctica
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Science Source
Unloading Supplies, Antarctica
Douglas C-54 Skymaster, 1940s
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
Douglas C-54 Skymaster, 1940s
Airbus A400M military plane
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AVIATION IMAGES / Science Source
Airbus A400M military plane
Emergency Generators
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FEMA/Casey Deshong / Science Source
Emergency Generators
Super Guppy cargo plane taking off
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NASA/ SPL / Science Source
Super Guppy cargo plane taking off
History of Flight from Ballooning to Space Travel
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Jessica Wilson / Science Source
History of Flight from Ballooning to Space Travel
History of Flight from 1400s to Wright Brothers
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Jessica Wilson / Science Source
History of Flight from 1400s to Wright Brothers
Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937, with Audio and Text
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Jessica Wilson / Science Source
Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937, with Audio and Text
Amelia Earhart, Montage with Historical Footage, Audio and Text
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Jessica Wilson / Science Source
Amelia Earhart, Montage with Historical Footage, Audio and Text
Da Vinci Flying Machine, 1485
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Da Vinci Flying Machine, 1485
Charles Lindbergh, American Aviator
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
Charles Lindbergh, American Aviator
Curtiss P-1 Hawk,1925
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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain / Science Source
Curtiss P-1 Hawk,1925
WWI, Sopwith Camel Performs Aerobatic Maneuver
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New York Public Library / Science Source
WWI, Sopwith Camel Performs Aerobatic Maneuver
WWI, No. 1 RAF Squadron, 1918
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New York Public Library / Science Source
WWI, No. 1 RAF Squadron, 1918
WWI, German and British Dogfight
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Science Source
WWI, German and British Dogfight
WWI, No. 1 RAF Squadron, 1917
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New York Public Library / Science Source
WWI, No. 1 RAF Squadron, 1917
WWI, Dirigible Crew Hunts German U-Boats
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New York Public Library / Science Source
WWI, Dirigible Crew Hunts German U-Boats
WWI, German Observation Balloon
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New York Public Library / Science Source
WWI, German Observation Balloon
Da Vinci Parachute, 1485
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Science Source
Da Vinci Parachute, 1485
WWI, Barrage Balloons Defending London
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New York Public Library / Science Source
WWI, Barrage Balloons Defending London
Curtiss Flying Fish, 1912
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Science Source
Curtiss Flying Fish, 1912
Blériot Lands In England, 1909
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Blériot Lands In England, 1909
Blériot English Channel Flight, 1909
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LOC / Science Source
Blériot English Channel Flight, 1909
Louis Blériot, French Aviator
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LOC / Science Source
Louis Blériot, French Aviator
Esnault-Pelterie R.E.P. 2, 1908
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LOC / Science Source
Esnault-Pelterie R.E.P. 2, 1908
Orville Wright in Wright Flyer, 1908
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USAF / Science Source
Orville Wright in Wright Flyer, 1908
Da Vinci Parachute, 1485
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Science Source
Da Vinci Parachute, 1485
Wright Flyer, First Flight, 1903
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NASA / Science Source
Wright Flyer, First Flight, 1903
Da Vinci Inventions, 15th Century
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Da Vinci Inventions, 15th Century
Wilbur Wright Pilots Early Glider, 1902
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USAF / Science Source
Wilbur Wright Pilots Early Glider, 1902
Wright Brothers and Wright Flyer
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Gwen Shockey / Science Source
Wright Brothers and Wright Flyer
Chinese Kites, First Man-Made Aircraft
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Science Source
Chinese Kites, First Man-Made Aircraft
Chinese Kite, First Man-Made Aircraft
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LOC / Science Source
Chinese Kite, First Man-Made Aircraft
Santos-Dumont No. 6, 1901
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Science Source
Santos-Dumont No. 6, 1901
Alberto Santos-Dumont, Aviation Pioneer
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Science Source
Alberto Santos-Dumont, Aviation Pioneer
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon,  1878
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 1878
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 1878
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 1878
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 1878
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 1878
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 19th Century
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Henri Giffard, Captive Balloon, 19th Century
Otto Lilienthal's Glider, 1895
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Otto Lilienthal's Glider, 1895
Otto Lilienthal's Glider, 1895
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Otto Lilienthal's Glider, 1895
Alexandre Goupil, Flying Machine, 1883
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Science Source
Alexandre Goupil, Flying Machine, 1883
Moy Aerial Steamer, 1875
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Science Source
Moy Aerial Steamer, 1875
Man-Powered Flying Machine, 1860s
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LOC / Science Source
Man-Powered Flying Machine, 1860s
Patent Drawing of Flying Machine, 1869
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National Archives and Records Administration / Science Source
Patent Drawing of Flying Machine, 1869
Man-Powered Flying Machine, 1866
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LOC / Science Source
Man-Powered Flying Machine, 1866
Cayley Flying Machine, 1853
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Science Source
Cayley Flying Machine, 1853
Hot Air Balloon, 1804
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Hot Air Balloon, 1804
Le Minerve, 1803
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Le Minerve, 1803
Madame Garnerin Ascending in Balloon, 1802
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LOC / Science Source
Madame Garnerin Ascending in Balloon, 1802
André-Jacques Garnerin, Parachute Pioneer, 1797
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LOC / Science Source
André-Jacques Garnerin, Parachute Pioneer, 1797
Santos-Dumont No. 6, 1901
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Science Source
Santos-Dumont No. 6, 1901
Alexandre Goupil, Flying Machine, 1883
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Science Source
Alexandre Goupil, Flying Machine, 1883
Andre-Jacques Garnerin, Parachute Pioneer, 1797
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Science Source
Andre-Jacques Garnerin, Parachute Pioneer, 1797
Fall of Icarus, Greek Mythology
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Fall of Icarus, Greek Mythology
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, 2015
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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. David Loeffler / Science Source
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, 2015
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, 2015
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U.S. Air Force/Alex Loyd / Science Source
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, 2015
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, 2015
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U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase / Science Source
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, 2015
X-43A Hypersonic Plane, 2004
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NASA/Carla Thomas / Science Source
X-43A Hypersonic Plane, 2004
Last Flight of the Helios Prototype, 2003
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NASA / Science Source
Last Flight of the Helios Prototype, 2003
SR-71 Blackbird, 1990s
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NASA / Science Source
SR-71 Blackbird, 1990s
André-Jacques Garnerin's Parachute, 1797
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LOC / Science Source
André-Jacques Garnerin's Parachute, 1797
Skylab Space Station, 1974
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NASA / Science Source
Skylab Space Station, 1974
Concorde Jet
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Rapho Agence / Science Source
Concorde Jet
Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin and American Flag, 1969
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NASA / Science Source
Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin and American Flag, 1969
Apollo 11 Footprint on the Moon
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NASA / Science Source
Apollo 11 Footprint on the Moon
Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin Egress, 1969
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NASA / Science Source
Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin Egress, 1969
Flow Pattern Research Using Flourescent Oil
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NASA Langley/Preston Martin / Science Source
Flow Pattern Research Using Flourescent Oil
Hyper-X Hypersonic Aircraft
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NASA / Science Source
Hyper-X Hypersonic Aircraft
Airplane landing at sunset, Canada
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David Nunuk / Science Source
Airplane landing at sunset, Canada
Dryden Research Aircraft Fleet, 1997
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NASA / Science Source
Dryden Research Aircraft Fleet, 1997
F/A-18 Hornet
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Tom Fleming / Science Source
F/A-18 Hornet
F-18 Aerodynamics
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NASA Dryden Flight Research Center / Science Source
F-18 Aerodynamics
Experimental Lifting Body Aircraft
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Bruce H. Frisch / Science Source
Experimental Lifting Body Aircraft
F-16 Fighter Plane
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Tom Hollyman / Science Source
F-16 Fighter Plane
F-16 Fighter Jet
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David R. Frazier / Science Source
F-16 Fighter Jet
Concorde
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Tim Holt / Science Source
Concorde
De Groof Flying Machine, 1784
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Science Source
De Groof Flying Machine, 1784
Space Shuttle Columbia
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NASA / Science Source
Space Shuttle Columbia
First Manned Hydrogen Balloon Flight, 1783
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Library of Congress / Science Source
First Manned Hydrogen Balloon Flight, 1783
Montgolfier Balloon "Aérostat Réveillon", 1783
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Montgolfier Balloon "Aérostat Réveillon", 1783
Montgolfier Balloon "The Globe"
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Library of Congress / Science Source
Montgolfier Balloon "The Globe"
Lenormand Parachutes from Montpellier, 1783
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LOC / Science Source
Lenormand Parachutes from Montpellier, 1783
First American Spacewalk, Astronaut Ed White, 1965
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NASA / Science Source
First American Spacewalk, Astronaut Ed White, 1965
"Nave Atmosferica", 1783
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Science Source
"Nave Atmosferica", 1783
F-86 Sabre, First Swept-Wing Fighter, 1950s
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
F-86 Sabre, First Swept-Wing Fighter, 1950s
Boeing B-47 Stratojet, Wing-Swept Bomber, 1950
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
Boeing B-47 Stratojet, Wing-Swept Bomber, 1950
Lockheed C-130 Hercules, 1950s
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Omikron / Science Source
Lockheed C-130 Hercules, 1950s
First Supersonic Aircraft, Bell X-1, 1947
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USAF / Science Source
First Supersonic Aircraft, Bell X-1, 1947
Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American Inventor
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American Inventor
Passarola, Bartolomeu de Gusmao's Airship, 1709
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Science Source
Passarola, Bartolomeu de Gusmao's Airship, 1709
Sikorsky Helicopter, 1944
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NASA / Science Source
Sikorsky Helicopter, 1944
WWII, Northrop P-61 Black Widow, 1940s
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
WWII, Northrop P-61 Black Widow, 1940s
WWII, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
WWII, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
WWII, B-17 Flying Fortress, 1940s
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
WWII, B-17 Flying Fortress, 1940s
WWII, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1940s
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
WWII, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1940s
WWII, North American P-51 Mustang, 1940s
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U.S. Air Force / Science Source
WWII, North American P-51 Mustang, 1940s
Heinkel He-178 Aircraft, First Jet Plane, 1939
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Science Source
Heinkel He-178 Aircraft, First Jet Plane, 1939
Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
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Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
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Science Source
Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix
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New York Public Library / Science Source
Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix
Francesco Lana de Terzi, Flying Boat, 1670
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Science Source
Francesco Lana de Terzi, Flying Boat, 1670
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