BC: By:Nicholas Newman
FC: Nick's Guide to Aviation Evolution
1: 1903. December 17th | Orville Wright pilots the first heavier than air machine, the 'Wright Flyer' for 12 seconds covering 120 feet. | Here you can see Orville and Wilbur Wright, both wearing awesome hats.
2: 1914-18 Heavy Bombers | Most types of World War I aircraft, including fighters, were used at one time or another for tactical or ground-support bombing operations. The heavy bombers discussed in this section are what would be called strategic bombers in present-day terminology. They were used for bombing such targets as docks and harbor installations, rail yards, factories, and cities. | The mission of these aircraft required them to have sufficient radius of action and payload capability to deliver a significant bomb load on a variety of targets and to carry enough defensive armament to offer a reasonable probability of mission success and safe return to base.
3: 1939 August 27th | Piloted by Flugkapitan Erich Warsitz, the Heinkel He 178 was the first jet powered aircraft to make a sustained flight. | Even as a prototype the Heinkel's jet engine made it faster than any other plane in service during WW2.
4: May 2, 1952 | The De Havilland Comet becomes first jet-powered aircraft to offer regular passenger service. | Without this seemngly minor leap in aviation technology we might still be taking boats to visit relatives in other countrys.
5: April 12th, 1961 | The Vostoc 1 was the ship that carried the famous cosmonaut into the final frontier. | Yuri Gagarin was the first man to travel into space. Neil Armstrong was the first to walk on the moon, though many believe him to be the first.