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Early Flight

Man's fascination with flight

Humans have always wanted to fly. The myth of Icarus flying too close to the sun, and the plans we have of Da Vinci’s 15th century flying machine show how much we’ve wanted to be able to spread our arms and fly, and the invention of airplanes shows how far we’ve come.

Scroll through as we take you on a brief history of the commercial airliner.

1903

Wright Flyer

range
852 ft (260m) for a total of 59 seconds
capacity
1

1935

Douglas DC-3

range
1,495 miles (2,406km)
speed
192 mph (309 km/ph)
capacity
28

1949

De Havilland Comet

range
2,000 miles (3,219km)
speed
500 mph (805km/ph)
capacity
40

1969

Concorde

range
4,500 miles (7,242km)
speed
1,300 mph (2,092km/ph)
capacity
100

1982

Boeing 757

range
3,500 miles (5,633km)
speed
500 mph (805km/ph)
capacity
220

1994

Boeing 777

range
9,000 miles (14,484km)
speed
500 mph (885km/ph)
capacity
250-400

2013

Dreamliner 787

range
8,000 miles (12,875km)
speed
600 mph (966km/ph)
capacity
250