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AEROSPACE

Can you imagine a world without aeroplanes? Or what the future will be like with them? Since early civilisation, humans have wanted to fly and developments in aerospace made that dream possible. Here’s a quick recap on our ongoing fascination with flight and a look forward to where aerospace is going next.

First human flight in hot air balloon, built by Montgolfier brothers in Paris

1783

First human flight in hot air balloon, built by Montgolfier brothers in Paris


Wright brothers create first successful airplane

1903

The Wright brothers create first successful airplane, making first controlled and powered flight in North Carolina


Boeing introduces first modern commercial airline, the 10-seater 247

1933

Boeing introduces first modern commercial airline


Jet-powered commercial aircraft

1952

Comet starts regular passenger services as first jet-powered commercial aircraft between London and South Africa


Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London – holding 480 passengers, becomes known as the “Jumbo Jet”

1970

Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York


Concorde operates first passenger supersonic flights

1976

Concorde operates first passenger supersonic flights


First aircraft produced through computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering, Boeing’s twin-engine 777

1995

First aircraft produced through computer-aided design


Airbus A380 makes first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney

2007

Airbus A380 makes first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney, surpassing the Boeing 747 with a maximum of 853 passengers


the future...

Hypersonic aircraft and electric planes

Hypersonic flight happens at over ‘Mach 5’ – or 5 times faster than the speed of sound. We’re talking 3,800mph. So we’ll soon be able to travel to New York in 2 hours!

New York city scape

Bird in flightDID YOU KNOW?

Planes deliberately look like BIRDS

Aeroplanes have been born from what’s known as ‘biomimicry’ – when nature is imitated to solve complex human problems. Aircraft designers took inspiration from the streamlined shape of birds to improve airflow and reduce drag. That’s why aeroplane wings taper on the outside and take the same shape as bird wings.

DID YOU KNOW?

One plane has MILLIONS of parts

The average car has over 30,000 parts (which is a lot, when you think about it), so you might guess a plane has maybe ten times as many? Try 200 times. Yip, a 747 has over SIX MILLION parts.

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