Starting before the Wright Brothers first flight in 1903, we take a journey through time looking at history’s aviation pioneers – from rockets, balloons and gliders to the first powered controlled flight and beyond.  We look at how politics, social culture and war shaped and developed the form of the airplane from a fragile machine into the supersonic aircraft of today.


The Hurricane was caught somewhat in a generation gap, it represented the culmination of 30 years of aircraft design and technology and also showed the way for the future. Our presentation can use this to illustrate how aircraft developed from flying for 12 seconds to becoming one of the most important inventions of the 20th Century.

We investigate changes in fuselage shape, construction and materials

Changes in aerodynamics, and propeller design

Changes in use of materials, from wood to metals

Engine design evolution

Communications and logistics