The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903, recognized as “the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight”.
Following its limited use in World War I, aircraft technology continued to develop. Airplanes had a presence in all the major battles of World War II. The first jet aircraft was the German Heinkel He 178 in 1939. The first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet, was introduced in 1952. The Boeing 707, the first widely successful commercial jet, was in commercial service for more than 50 years, from 1958 to at least 2013.
Airplanes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations. The broad spectrum of uses for airplanes includes recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Most airplanes are flown by a pilot on board the aircraft, but some are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled such as drones.
Here below is a set of amazing photos from Vintage Cars & People that shows people posing in front of airplanes from between the 1920s and 1960s.
Two fashionable ladies posing in front of a large, vee-engined biplane on an airfield in summertime, Kenosha, Wisconsin, circa 1925
A lady in a fashionable summer dress and a fellow in a double-breasted suit posing with a Junkers F 13 aeroplane, circa 1928
Three fashionable ladies and a gent posing with a Junkers F 13 aeroplane, circa 1928
Two families posing in front of a Junkers F 13 airplane, circa 1928
A company of 13 well-to-do individuals posing with a Junkers F 24 aeroplane on an airfield in summertime, circa 1930s