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Passengers aboard LZ 129 Hindenburg

The view from up here

Only fifty years separate A.V. Roe's five bob flips in a pre-WW1 biplane and the supersonic luxury of Concorde. It's by no means a linear progression, as seen here in our list of some of the more significant steps along that timeline. Please bear with us as we prepare this section fully.

Avro 504K

Avro 504K

UK, 1913

2 passengers

 

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Sikorsky Ilya Muromets

Sikorsky Ilya Muromets

Russia, 1914

16 passengers

 

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Curtiss JN-4 'Jenny'

Curtiss JN-4 'Jenny'

USA, 1915

1-2 passengers

 

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Farman F.60 Goliath

Farman F.60 Goliath

France, 1919

12-14 passengers

 

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Airco DH.16

Airco DH.16

UK, 1919

4 passengers

 

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Junkers F-13

Junkers F-13

Germany, 1919

4 passengers

 

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Handley Page Type W

Handley Page Type W

UK, 1919

12 passengers

 

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de Havilland DH.34

de Havilland DH.34

UK, 1922

10 passengers

 

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Ford Trimotor

Ford Trimotor

USA, 1926

11 passengers

 

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Dornier DO X

Dornier DO X

Germany, 1929

66-100 passengers

 

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de Havilland DH.89 Rapide

de Havilland DH.89 Rapide

UK, 1934

8 passengers

 

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Douglas DC-3 Dakota

Douglas DC-3 Dakota

USA, 1935

36 passengers

 

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Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg

Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg

Germany, 1936

50-72 passengers

 

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Short 'C' Class Empire

Short 'C' Class Empire

UK, 1936

24 passengers

 

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Boeing 314 Clipper

Boeing 314 Clipper

USA, 1938

36-74 passengers

 

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Lockheed Constellation

Lockheed Constellation

USA, 1943

62-109 passengers

 

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de Havilland DH106 Comet

de Havilland DH106 Comet

UK, 1949

36-81 passengers

 

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Handley Page Dart Herald

Handley Page Dart Herald

UK, 1955

56 passengers

 

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Fokker F27 Friendship

Fokker F27 Friendship

Germany, 1955

48-56 passengers

 

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Boeing 707

Boeing 707

USA, 1957

up to 279 passengers

 

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Boeing 747

Boeing 747

USA, 1969

up to 660 passengers

 

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BAC Sud Aviation Concorde

BAC Sud Aviation Concorde

UK/France, 1969

92-120 passengers

 

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