Flight - An Introduction
Part of Flight Week
Today whichever part of the world you would like to visit you can usually get on an aeroplane and off you go - but imagine a time when that was not possible and it would take weeks to travel to places like Australia by boat.
Imagine being the first person to look up and watch a bird flying through the sky and thinking - “Why can't I do that?”
Many people tried all sorts of wonderful ways of flying - by attaching homemade wings and jumping off bridges. These had very limited success!
To be successful, there was quite a lot of science required to calculate how to defy gravity.
You can read more about the history of manned flight from Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines of 500+ years ago to the modern-day.
This page is part of the Flight Week information.
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