Flying Attempts Through History
What was flight before the airplane? We know that the Wright brothers invented airplanes, but how did they get there? many failures were made, and here are the attempts of the inventions behind them.
Leonardo Da Vinci
The first sustained powered flight in history is believed to have taken place on the 24th of September,1852 when Henri Giffard flew 24 kilometers in his non-rigid airship. This type of aircraft was not practical because they were frail and short-lived. They were also non-rigid and it was difficult to make them large enough to carry a load. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin found that a rigid frame would allow a much bigger airship. He founded the Zeppelin firm, whose Luftschiff Zeppelin 1 first flew on the Swiss border on July 2nd 1900. The flight lasted only 18 minutes, but still flew.