Milestones in Flight Technology


Coast Guard helicopter
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NASA's space shuttle lifting off
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1783
Hot-air balloon
1783
Parachute
1852
Dirigible
1900
Zeppelin
1903
First airplane flight
1911
Hydroplane
1926
Liquid-propelled rocket
1939
First successful helicopter flight.
1955
Hovercraft
1968
Supersonic transport (SST)
1970
Jumbo jet
1981
Solar-powered airplane
1981
First space shuttle, Columbia, launched

For more inventions, see Inventions & Discoveries.


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