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    The first Wright Aeroplane, 1903.

    Replica, modelled from the original. Orville Wright (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) made the world's first controlled and powered flights on 17th December 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

     
    German Fokker E III Monoplane, 1915.

    The Fokker E III Monoplane was designed for the German air forces by the Dutch aeroplane designer Anthony Fokker (1890-1939). The E III, or 'Eindecker' (one-wing) was a highly significant development in military aviation. Not only did it boast consid

     
    Hinks liquid oxygen vaporiser c 1923.

    5 litre flask, complete, for oxygen breathing apparatus. Liquid oxygen was contained in the 5 litre vacuum walled flask. As oxygen evaporated, it built up pressure, and the gas was forced up and through the coil element on top. A tube took it to the

     
    Flying helmet, Air Ministry, c 1941.

    Leather flying helmet, with zipped ear pockets, and fittings for oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1941

     
    The Cierva Autogiro C6D, c 1926.

    Model of Cierva Autogiro C.6D, scale 1:10 In an attempt to make flying safer at take-off and landing, the Spaniard Juan de la Cierva developed the 'gyroplane', in which the lift is achieved by a free spinning rotor. The autogiro, predecessor to the t

     
    'Jason I', de Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth, 1928.

    Amy Johnson piloted Jason I to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia

     
    Santos-Dumont's '14 bis' aeroplane, 1906.

    Model of Santos-Dumont Aeroplane, 14 bis. (1906), scale 1:10 Designed and piloted by the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first accredited sustained flight in Europe (other than a 'hop') to be achieved by a manned, powered aeroplane was made by S

     
    The Giffard Airship, 1852.

    Model of steam driven derigible by Henri Giffard 1852, scale 1:50 This dirigible was used in the first successful application of mechanical power to flight. The power unit was a single cylinder steam engine constructed by the French designer Henri Gi

     
    Steam engine and boiler made for  Stringfellow's flying machine of 1847-8.

    Original steam engine and boiler made for the Stringfellow flying machine 1847-8. John Stringfellow was a founder member of the Aeronautical Society (now the Royal Aeronautical Society) in 1866. In 1847-1848, he made a ten foot span model based on th

     
    The first balloon accident, 1785.

    One snuff box, French, ivory. Circular, 3' diameter. Painted lid: Balloon Ascent.On 15th June, 1785, Pilatre de Rozier and Jules Romain attempted to cross the English Channel in a balloon of de Rozier's design, featuring a hydrogen-filled chamber abo