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This Week in Tech History: First Airplane Flight

This edition of "This Week in Tech History", is packed with aviation milestones. Chris reminds us of, among other things, the first successful airplane flight, as well as the rollout of the world's first supersonic jet airliner.

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1884_iolanthe_bijoutheatre_bostonThis week in 1882 – The Bijou Theatre opened in Boston, MA and became the first theatre to be lighted by electricity.12-09-2016-twith

1903 – The first successful powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. First Orville, then Wilbur Wright kept their invention flying … each flight lasted just under one minute.

1962 – NASA launched Relay 1. The satellite was developed by RCA and was the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit.  Relay 1 was the first satellite to broadcast television from the United States to Japan.

001rollout11967 – The French prototype Concorde  was rolled out in Toulouse, France. The joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, took two more years of testing and fine-tuning the powerful engines before it made its maiden flight.787-dreamliner

And this week in 2009 – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, their most fuel-efficient airliner, made its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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