The Wright Brothers are recognised almost universally as the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered aeroplane on 17 December 1903 in America.

Progress in aviation in Britain was initially slow and the French took an early lead. In August 1908 Wilbur Wright demonstrated successful flight in France and, in July 1909, Louis Blériot flew his monoplane across the English Channel. The momentum of British aviation rapidly increased.

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Pigs Might Fly: Early British Aviators

Patrick Alexander
'Colonel' Samuel Cody
John Dunne
A V Roe
John Moore-Brabazon
Charles Rolls
Short Brothers
Frank McClean
Charles Rumney Samson
Noel Pemberton-Billing
Frederick Handley Page
Howard Wright
Claude Grahame-White
Robert Loraine
Geoffrey De Havilland
Tom Sopwith
Harry Hawker
Sir George White
Hilda Hewlett
John Cyril Porte
Benny Hucks
Gustav Hamel

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