Uncover the story of the Father of Flight

Brompton, North Yorkshire

Learn about the endeavours of Sir George Cayley, the man behind the first man-carrying glider flight, and visit the Yorkshire Air Museum.

The first man-carrying glider flight was in 1853, and the man who designed that glider was Sir George Cayley, the ‘Father of Aerial Navigation’. A pioneer of aeronautical engineering, his discoveries played an important role in establishing today’s sophisticated aviation. 

Imagine the pride Cayley felt as his creation lifted a man off the ground and took flight above the sprawling Yorkshire countryside – 54 years before the Wright brothers made the first powered flight! 

A modest signpost in the Yorkshire village of Brompton where Cayley lived serves as a reminder of his achievement, and you can see a replica of the glider at the Yorkshire Air Museum, on the edge of the city of York. The largest independent air museum in Britain is home to over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, award-winning gardens and The Allied Air Forces Memorial. York is 2 hours north of London by train.

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George Cayley Glider at the Yorkshire Air MuseumGeorge Cayley Glider at the Yorkshire Air Museum © Nigel Coates

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