Successful powered flight was the culmination of centuries of consideration, from its earliest documented record in England. The early dreamers and pioneers of aviation included a 13th century cleric, a world-famous Renaissance artist, an inventive country squire, mariners who sought to sail in the sky and writers who helped lay the groundwork for the first century of flight.
To see a short description of each pioneer, please 'left click' on the images below
Leonardo da Vinci
Sir George Cayley
Jean-Marie Le Bris
Félix du Temple
La Landelle, Ponton d'Amécourt, Nadar & Verne