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Plates painted with aerial scenes,  c 1850.

French patriotic plate, 10', flying machine over trees and hills. Inscribed '1 er d'essai d'un navire aerien 1780'.

 
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.

 
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

 
Model of Montgolfier balloon.

Model of a Montgolfier Balloon, 1783. The two brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier gave their first public demonstration of a model hot air balloon in Annonay, France.

 
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

 
Voisin Aeroplane, c 1908.

Model of Voisin Aeroplane scale 1:10. By 1908 the Voisin biplane was standardised in the form seen in this model. Despite being unmanoeuvrable in any true sense, it was deemed the first viable European aeroplane.

 
Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy biplane, 1919.

The aircraft in which Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.

 
Supermarine Napier S5, 1927.

Model scale 1:16 of Supermarine-Napier S.5.This aeroplane won the Schneider Trophy in 1927, at 454 kmph (281.7 mph). It was designed by Reginald J Mitchell (who also designed the S6B seaplane and the Spitfire fighter). The Jacques Schneider Air Racin

 
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