Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright
Any visitor to the Hatzerim IAF museum can, for brief moments go back in Israeli history. Amongst the many antique objects, one could find the Boeing who brought back the captives of operation Entebbe, the helicopter that carried Menachem Begin and Anuar Saadat before signing the peace treaty and the combat airplanes that attacked the nuclear reactor in Iraq in ‘operation Opera’.
If you are willing to go farther than Be’er Sheva, or if you live elsewhere in the world, you can get an up close look at the aircrafts that altered the entire world of aviation. There are many different museums across the worlds that allow their visitors to get rare peeks at exceptional exhibits. If you aren’t planning on getting on a plane and taking off to a far away country, we invite you in for a unique virtual tour.
The Wright Brothers’ Airplane
12 seconds. That’s how long the Wright brothers’ first flight lasted. On December 17th, 1930, a date marked in history, Wilber and Orville Wright decided to cast lots in order to decide who takes off first. The younger of the two, Orville won and went up as much as three meters above the dunes of North Carolina and landed 39 meters away from his starting point. It was the first time a human was able to fly at will.
Get a closer look of that original airplane at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S.A.
The First Ballistic Missile
The first ballistic missile, the V-2, was developed during World War II by the Germans. It has a range of about 300 meters, and a war head as heavy as 1000 kilograms. Since it wasn’t possible to aim the missile toward a particular target, the Germans preferred aiming it toward cities and not towards military locations. Over 3000 missile of this sort were manufactured, causing the death of hundreds of civilians and soldiers in Britain and Belgium. Missile expert Warner Von Braun, who was head of the V-2 development team moved to the states after World War II, later worked in NASA where he assisted in the developing of a missile that sent Apollo 11 to the moon.
Get a closer look at the original missile at the Imperial Wars Museums, London, England
The First Manned Spaceship
On April 12, 1961, the first manned spaceship was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, in the former Soviet Union, as 27 year old Uri Gagarin sat in its belly. The Vostok1 completed a single orbit around the earth. The flight took an hour and 48 minutes, and turned Gagarin into the first man in history who traveled beyond the atmosphere.
Get a closer look at the spaceship in a museum located in Korolyov, Russia