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

This clip could be used as part of a lesson or sequence of lessons on great inventions and how they have transformed into what they are today. Pupils could be asked to think of, and list, reasons why they think the aeroplanes shown were so different, and perhaps so inferior, to the ones we use today. This could be extended with a look into how the types of people who use them has also changed.