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Historic Aviation

Early Flight

Aviation has come a long way from the earliest days when flight was attempted with kites and balloons. Historians tell us that the first successful flight happened in 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers of France invented the first practical balloon.

From that point on, people began attempting to perfect air travel, but it was with advancements in engine technology in the early 20th century when powered flight became available that the evolution of aviation really began.

Evolution of Air Travel

From the moment that the Wright brothers successfully maintained powered flight in 1903, people began to imagine traveling to distant places like never before. Finally, air travel would be available to anyone.

The ability to travel by air has had a profound impact on the world. For the first time, people had the ability to easily connect with people and see places very far from one’s own environment.

Impact of Airplanes on War

As soon as the first practical airplane was in use, people began finding ways to use it in military campaigns. At the beginning, airplanes were mostly used for reconnaissance. The first war to see major use of airplanes was WWI when both the Allies and its enemies used them for reconnaissance and defensive and offensive maneuvers.

The years between WW1 and WW2 saw major evolution in aircraft technology. Although the world's first operational jet airplane, the Me 262, was employed by the Germans in 1944, many other designs quickly followed.

The use of aircraft in war cannot be underestimated. It can be said that the invention of the airplane and its use in military campaigns have shaped the world we live in today.

Where to Find Historic Aviation Collectibles

If you are interested in collecting historic aviation artifacts, please visit the vendors below.