THE POLAR QUEST
"BEYOND THIS POINT THERE BE DRAGONS"
photo © Tom Hegen
Our heritage is the vast knowledge of the past.
It teaches us what is possible and makes us develop and refine our achievements.
The first controlled flight took off from Paris: in 1852, a dirigible invented by Henri Giffard flew 27 km using a steam engine and a vertical rudder.
Aviation was then developed both as lighter than air and heavier than air. The Wright brothers managed to perform the first controlled, sustained, heavier than air flight, in late 1903 in North Carolina. Innovations in aviation create mobility and transport solutions that lead to prosperity and commerce, and the industry will never stop transforming.