View image of In one of the most famous images in aviation history, the Wright brothers -- Orville piloting, Wilbur running alongside -- make the first-ever powered, sustained, controlled flight on 17 December, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In the years just before and after, the science and the art of aviation caught the public imagination across the world, like few technological pursuits have. (National Archives/Getty Images) (Credit: National Archives/Getty Images)
Marvel at the beauty of the earliest aircraft, created in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Some were impractical, others were ingenious.