Aviation Pioneers

This class has four components:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Powerpoint Slide Deck
  • Speaker Notes
  • Timeline for Participants

    Man’s interest in flying began more than two thousand years ago with the earliest form of flight, a Chinese kite. Ancient civilizations like the Greek and Romans left us clues as to what they thought about man flying. Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th century designs and notes provided insight into what was needed to leave the Earth and return safely. Human kind first flew in a heavier-than-air balloon and it wasn’t until the 20th century that pioneers like Wilbur and Orville Wright led civilization into a new era of aviation. They were followed by people with familiar names like Lindbergh, Earhart, Doolittle, Glenn and Armstrong.