A look at the early attempts of air travel and the advantages and disadvantages compared to other forms of transportation.

First broadcast:
9 November 2007

Pupils could be asked what, other than flying, comes to mind when they think of aeroplanes. Then, as they watch the start of the clip, they can be asked whether the aeroplanes shown were what they thought of and why they seem so different. This could lead into a discussion around how inventions begin and how it takes time for something like this to become the way we now take for granted.