The first airplane took flight over 110 years ago. Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with inventing the airplane after making four successful flights on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk.
Since then, aircraft technology has come a long way. There’s great news for aircraft enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Hundreds of historic experimental flight videos have just become available for everyone to see.
How to watch NASA’s historical flight videos
NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center recently started uploading its entire video archive to YouTube. There are hundreds of videos to watch, many of which showcase test flights and peculiar looking planes.
Here’s an example. It’s a video taken in 1965 that shows the cockpit view and takeoff of an XB-70A Valkyrie from Edwards Air Force Base in California.
This next video shows a NASA SR-71 LASRE being refueled in flight by a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker.
Check out this M2-F1 being towed by a Pontiac Catalina convertible across Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards, CA. The clip is from 1963.
This following video shows off an odd looking machine. It’s the Helios Prototype solar-powered aircraft on a checkout flight over Kauai, HI from June 2003.
There are so many interesting videos to watch, you could find yourself lost in space for hours.
Click here to check out the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s YouTube videos page. I’m sure you’re going to love it.