The Invention of flight represents the culmination of centuries of thought and desire. Kites and Rockets sparked our collective Imagination. Then the balloon gave humanity its first experience aloft, though at the mercy of the winds. The Steerable Airship that followed had more practically, yet a number of insurmountable limitations. But the airplane truly launched the Aerial Age, and its subsequent impact – from the vantage of a century after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight on December 17, 1903 – has been extraordinary.