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Aerostatic Balloons (02:57)


Many early flight attempts used mechanical devices shaped like birds. Hot-air balloons were the first successful flying machines. The balloons used hot-air and then hydrogen, which was highly flammable.

Planes (04:11)

Leonardo da Vinci drew a flying machine in the 1400s, but no machine successfully flew until the early 1900s. The first all metal planes were built in 1919 for commercial use, but were adapted for military use during World War II. Advancements allowed planes to be larger and faster.

Helicopters (02:07)

Igor Sikorsky built the first successful helicopter by putting a second blade on the tail to keep fuselage rotating. A similar design is still used in most helicopters.

Summary (01:52)

The first flying machine was a balloon. The Wright Brothers made the first airplane in 1903. Commercial air crafts developed quickly after World War II.

Credits: Air Transport (00:47)

Credits: Air Transport

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Air Transport

Part of the Series : Just the Facts Technology and Society Series
3-Year Streaming Price: $99.95



Learn all about air transportation, starting with a history of flight. We’ll cover humankind’s first attempts to fly, through the aircraft of World Wars I and II, and continuing up to present-day flight. Topics include: the history of airplanes, Leonardo da Vinci, the first powered flight, monocasque aircraft, the First World War, the Douglas DC-3, the Second World War, jet aircraft, the Concorde, gliders, and helicopters.

Length: 14 minutes

Item#: BVL155099

Copyright date: ©2013

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