Flying in the sky has been a dream of all mankind since ancient times. This universal dream at all times was fulfilled by two Americans, the Wright Brothers, who successfully made the first manned, powered flight in the early 20th century. On 18 March 1911, a Belgian aviation pioneer Charles Van den Born flew a Henry Farman biplane from the beach in Sha Tin, making the first powered flight in Hong Kong. Therefore year 2011 marks the centenary of powered flight in the city.
For more than a hundred years after the invention of aeroplanes, the aviation industry has experienced tremendous development. In the 21st century, the industry has a great leap forward in respect of aircraft design being benefited by advanced science and technology. The European Airbus A380 is currently the largest airliner with a maximum carrying capacity of 853 passengers. For the U.S. Boeing 787 Dreamliner, half of its main structure is made of strong and lightweight composite materials for enhanced energy efficiency.
To commemorate the milestone of aviation development in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Space Museum will present an Omnimax film¡§Legends of Flight¡¨. The film will not only show the audience aircraft designs of different eras but also bring them to have a flight test of Boeing 787 with a chief test pilot, witnessing the research and development of this iron bird of a new generation.