1000 B.C.E. - Kite is invented in China.
c. 852 B.C.E.-English King Bladud is apparently killed attempting to fly.
c. 400 B.C.E - Archytas of Tarentum is reported to have made a steam-propelled pigeon.
c. 1250 A.D. - Roger Bacon, English cleric, writes about mechanical flight.
1485-1500 - Leonardo da Vinci designs flying machines and parachute.
1670 - Francesco de Lana Terzi publishes a design for lighter-than-air ship.
1680 - Giovanni Borelli, Italian mathematician, concludes human muscle is inadequate for flight. Expérience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin des Thuileries le 1er décembre
1783 - Expérience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin des Thuileries le 1er décembre
1783 - Paris: Chez Esnauts et Rapilly
1709 - Bartolomeu Laurenço de Gusmao designs model glider.
1783 - Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes make the first free aerial voyage in a Montgolfier hot-air balloon.
1783 - Jacques Alexandre César Charles and M.N. Robert fly in a hydrogen balloon.
1785 - Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries cross the English Channel by balloon.
1785 - Jean François de Rozier and Pierre Romain are the first ballooning fatalities.
1797 - André Jacques Garnerin makes the first human parachute descent, from a balloon.
1809 - George Cayley publishes classic treatise on aviation.
1843 - William Henson's design for aerial steam carriage is published.
1843 - George Cayley's biplane design is published.
1852 - Henri Giffard's steam-powered airship makes first flight.
1867 - Wilbur Wright is born.
1870 - Alphonse Pénaud experiments with twisted rubber to power model helicopter.
1871 - Orville Wright is born.
1889 - Otto Lilienthal publishes Der Vogelflug als Grundlage der Fliegekunst.
1891 - Otto Lilienthal begins successful gliding experiments.
1895 - Otto Lilienthal flies biplane gliders.
1896 - Octave Chanute begins biplane gliding experiments in Michigan.
1896 - Samuel P. Langley produces successful steam-powered models that fly.
1896 - Otto Lilienthal crashes while gliding and dies next day.
1901 - Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian aviator, circles Eiffel Tower in airship.
1903 - Samuel Langley's full-size manned "Aerodrome A" crashes on take-off.
1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright make first powered, sustained, and controlled flight in a heavier-than-air flying machine.
1906 - Alberto Santos-Dumont makes first successful powered flight in Europe.
1909 - Louis Bleriot, French aviator, makes first airplane crossing of English Channel.
1926 - Robert H. Goddard makes first free flight of a liquid-fueled rocket.
1927 - Charles A. Lindbergh completes first solo, nonstop trans-Atlantic flight.
1930 - Frank Whittle, British inventor, invents the jet engine.
1932 - Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly a solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
1933 - A modern airliner, Boeing 247, flies for the first time.
1939 - Germany's Heinkel 178 is the first fully jet-propelled aircraft to fly.
1947 - Charles E. Yeager pilots Bell X-1--the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight.
1957 - Soviet Union launches first man-made earth satellite, Sputnik 1.
1961 - Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, is the first man in space.
1962 - John H. Glenn, Jr., is the first American to orbit the earth.
1969 - U.S. astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., are the first to walk on the moon.
1971 - First space station, Soviet Salyut 1, is launched into earth's orbit.
1981 - U.S. launches the first reusable spacecraft, the Columbia shuttle.
1998 - First two modules of the International Space Station are launched and joined together in orbit.
2000 - First crew arrives to take up residence in the International Space Station.
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