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History of Air Travel

Length: 5 units
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 5th – 6th Grades
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How to Use This Course

These units introduce students to the history of man’s attempts to fly. From da Vinci’s sketches to exploring space, students will meet the brave men and women who piloted balloons, gliders, airships, fighter planes, jets, rockets, and more.

Course Introduction

The five units in this study include printable worksheets to accompany each section. Topics covered include:

  • At Home in the Sky: Read about the daring airplane pilots that became known as “barnstormers,” the destruction of the Hindenburg airship, and the invention of jet airplanes, helicopters, and other types of aircraft.
  • Beyond the Sky: Read about the invention of liquid-fuel rockets, the history of human space travel, and the accomplishments of NASA space missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond.
  • The Early Days of Flight: Explore how the dream of flying became a reality. This book includes ancient stories of flying, pictures of “flying machine” ideas created by Leonardo da Vinci and others, and the story of how the hot-air balloon became the first real “flying machine” in 1783.
  • The First True Fliers: Explore the history of human flight, from the early days of balloons, airships, and gliders to the pioneering flight of the Wright brothers in 1903.
  • War in the Air: Read about the role of military aircraft during World War I and World War II. This book includes profiles of famous “ace” pilots, colorful pictures of fighter planes, and a vivid description of the German aerial assault on Britain during World War II.
  • At Home in the Air
  • Beyond the Sky
  • The Early Days of Flight
  • The First True Fliers
  • War in the Air

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