For thousands of years, people have looked to the birds in the sky and dreamed about being able to fly. Stories were told and machines were designed that tried to solve the mysteries of flight. This easy-to-follow history book describes how people learned about the forces of gravity, airflow, and drag while trying to build the first flying machines. From the flimsy paper wings of the original aviators to the booming engines of a supersonic jet, this illustrated adventure traces the history of the quest to conquer the sky. Continue the journey of discovery at home with the list of flying facts in the back, along with how-to instructions for making high-flying paper airplanes. Learn all about the history of flight with this bright and exciting picture book that's full of facts, figures, and amazing planes!