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.
To see a short description of each pioneer, please 'left click' on the images below
'Colonel' Samuel Cody
A V Roe
Charles Rumney Samson
Frederick Handley Page
Geoffrey De Havilland
Sir George White
John Cyril Porte