1903

1903 Jatho biplane - only short flights.
Country of Origin: Germany Designed and built by Karl Jatho
Span: 26'3" Length: 11'10"
Picture from www.ctie.monash.edu.au


1903 Wright Flyer l
- first powered aircraft making sustained and controlled flights
Country of origin: USA. Designed and built by Wilbur & Orville Wright
Span: 40.3' Length: 21.1' Weight: 605 lbs.
Model kits/plans: A nice scale model kit is available from Pat Tritle, at www.thuntek.net/pcmodels/
Picture courtesy of Wright web site www.first-to-fly.com where you will also find further details.

1904

1904?/1903? Pearse monoplane
He built both the engine and aircraft enabling him to make a number of "flights". His "flights" did not achieve fully controlled flight. For that matter neither did the first flight of the Wrights.
Country of Origin: New Zealand. Designed and built by Richard Pearse.
Span: 21'
Picture of the Monument to Richard Pearse at Waitobi, New Zealand.
Plans by Ivan Pettigrew for three different models of the Pearse monoplane can be found at www.geocities.com/ivanplans

1904 Wright Flyer 2 - almost identical to Flyer 1 but heavier.
Country of origin: USA. Designed and built by Wilbur & Orville Wright.

Span:
40.3' Length: 21.1' Weight: 925 lbs.

Picture courtesy of Wright web site www.first-to-fly.com where you will also find more information.

1905

1905 Wright Flyer 3 - the world's first practical plane!
Country of origin: USA. Designed and built by Wilbur & Orville Wright.
Span:
40.5' Length: 28' Weight: 710 lbs
Picture courtesy of Wright web site www.first-to-fly.com where you will also find more information.

1906

1906 Bellamy seaplane - twin floats and 2 tractor propellers
Country of Origin: France Designed and built by Bellamy
Picture courtesy L.E.Opdycke author French Aeroplanes before the Great War

1906 Ellehammer No. I tractor monoplane
Country of origin: Danmark. Designed and built by Jacob Christian Ellehammer
Span: Estimate 42’
Picture from www.aerobscure.free.fr

1906 Gilbert Monoplane - did it fly?
Country of Origin: France Designed and built by Gilbert
Picture www.aerobscure.free.fr

1906 Santos-Dumont 14-BIS - made first powered flight in Europe
Country of origin: France/Brazil. Designer: Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian living in France.
Span:
38'9", Length: 31'10" Weight: 661 lbs

Picture courtesy of www.thosemagnificentmen.co.uk which offer more information.

1906 Vuia No. I, II, III tractor monoplane
Country of origin: France Designed and built by Trajan Vuia, Romanian, living in France. Some claim he was the first to fly in France.
Span: 25'7" Length: 10' Take-off weight: 530 lb
Picture courtesy of Keith Noble