The historical panels at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum examine the aviation engineers and innovators who, in the final years of the 19th century and the first of the 20th century were looking for ways to take to the air. They came from places around the world, racing to solve the problems.
It was the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who made the breakthrough at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in December 1903.
A model of their Flyer I is in the display case nearby.
With the idea of heavier than air flight taking off, it sparked an industry around the world.
The museum's collection is laid out thematically and chronologically, with wide paths winding around each portion where planes are grouped together. Early planes are here near where we started, including this one. French engineers Louis Bleriot and Raymond Saulnier designed the Bleriot XI in 1908. This model dates to 1911.