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In honor of Orville Wright's birthday this month, we are celebrating the history of flight. From hot-air balloons to jets, people have developed many different ways to take to the skies. Click on the article links below to explore Britannica's coverage of the pioneers of aviation and of the different types of flying machines that have been invented.

Pioneers of Aviation                                       Types of Flying Machines
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Video: The Wright brothers

Video: Earhart disappears over the Pacific, 1937

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