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On December 17th 1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright, two bicycle mechanics from Dayton Ohio, made the first controlled, powered, manned flight.  in the 100 years that have passed since that momentous occasion man has broken the sound barrier, been to the moon,  people regularly fly the Atlantic in aeroplanes with a gross take off weight of 400 tons and wingspans greater than the length of the Wright brothers first flight.  What will the next 100 years see man achieve?

Copyright of all pictures in this gallery belong to D Lamb, B Kelsey and R Kelsey.

The Wright Flyer, 1903


Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 Sopwith Triplane, Junkers JU52 Supermarine Spitfire Avro Lancaster




B25 Mitchell North American P51D Mustang Grumman Wildcat/Martlet Beech Expedititor  Griffon Engined Supermarine Spitfire
Douglas DC4


Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer Hawker Seahawk Gloster Javelin

English Electric Lightning

Hawker Siddley Buccaneer
Hawker Kestrel


Starfighter English Electric Canberra Aermachi MBB 339 Bae Hawk General Dynamics F16c
Eurofighter Typhoon


Lockheed F117, Nighthawk. Joint Strike Fighter, 2003