The first successful parachute jump was made on Oct. 22, 1797 by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, a Frenchman who jumped from a hot air balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. The first attempt was made by Louis-Sebastien Lenormand, who used two umbrellas to attempt to slow his fall from a tree in 1783.Know More
Garnerin, being more interested in the military uses of parachutes after he was imprisoned during the French Revolution, designed and tested in a more scientific manner, producing results much closer to the modern parachutes of today.
The first successful parachute jump from an airplane was completed on March 1, 1912, less than nine years after the first successful airplane flight, when Captain Albert Berry of the Missouri National Guard jumped from a biplane at about 1,500 feet.Learn more about Inventions
The first space shuttle was made by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, and the United States military after getting the idea from the Silbervogel proposal. The Silbervogel proposal was part of a German project intended to create an aircraft that could bomb the U.S.Full Answer >
According to the earliest accounts on record, the first rocket was made in China during the battle of Kai-Keng in 1232. Often referred to as fire arrows, the Chinese made and used these weapons during the battle to help repel the Mongols.Full Answer >
The first helicopter was made in 1907 by Paul Cornu. However, it was unsuccessful and could not achieve flight. In 1924, a French inventor by the name of Etienne Oehmichen built the first helicopter that could fly.Full Answer >
The first envelopes were made out of clay and were developed in ancient Babylonia in around 3500 B.C. Paper envelopes were first used in China over 2,000 years ago, but it was not until the 19th century that British manufacturers such as Warren De La Rue began producing modern envelopes.Full Answer >