Thursday, September 8, 2022

Ideas, Experiments, And Successes

Early concepts for flight were imagined by men such as Roger Bacon, Francesco de Terzi, and Leonardo da Vinci. A model of a flying boat as thought of by de Terzi is seen below.

Stories of those who are reputed to have experimented with flight are below.

The Montgolfier brothers invented the concept of lighter than air flight with the hot air balloon.

As the 19th century headed towards its end, inventors in various parts of the world were trying to figure out how to put a heavier than air machine into flight. It was just a matter of time. Models of a couple of concepts are below.

It was Orville and Wilbur Wright who made the breakthrough at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

This is a model of their Flyer I.

Alexander Graham Bell was fascinated by the concept of flight. This is a model of his design, the Cygnet. The real thing didn't get off the ground.



  1. A flying boat, sounds interesting, lol. They were all very brave people, who came up with various designs and some were courageous enough to try out their machines. It has all come a long way to our modern flight machines!

  2. A fascinating topic! I'm still Gaga over the flying canoe in the Canadian legend. I adore flying boats. Some of the early aircraft that flew between the Hawaiian Islands were fokkers that used inshore waters as their landing strip.

  3. The history of making something that can fly for humans is quite interesting. Educational for me.

  4. Hello,
    The flying boats are cool. I would enjoy this exhibit. Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. They would hardly believe that we can now fly into outer space.

  6. Interesting, and most we have now for real.
    Didn´t know the last one.

  7. ...thank goodness for inquisitive minds.

  8. If only they could see that we are now able to fly all over the world and into space. Very interesting exhibits.

  9. @Sami: a very long way.

    @Cloudia: some of those to come.

    @roentare: I find this fascinating.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @David: you wonder what the Wrights would think of that.

    @Iris: it's quite unusual.

    @Tom: I agree.

    @Nancy: indeed.

  10. These are such interesting displays, William. I would just expected planes in the museum.

  11. Lots of ideas but lack of power.

  12. Nice overview of all early flight experiments.

  13. Thanks for the info about Bell. I didn’t know about his efforts at flight.

  14. Fascinating exhibit ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. @RedPat: it's a lot of planes, but more too.

    @Sharon: definitely.

    @Red: that took time.

    @Maywyn: I agree.

    @Jan: definitely.

    @Marie: it makes sense that it would interest him.

    @Carol: thank you.

  16. How long man has desired to be able to fly like a bird!

    1. For as long as we've been able to tell stories, it seems.

  17. Such imagination in the early ideas of being able to take to the skies.

  18. That museum looks like a fun visit! Humanity has always been intrigued by flight, that's for sure :)