Flying commercially is, for most people, an utterly demoralizing experience (and that's not even getting into the horrifying secrets airlines don't want you to know). The way we complain about flying, it's easy to forget the wonders that surrounded the early days of flight.
At the turn of the 20th century, humanity unlocked the secrets of manned air travel. People the world over were in awe of the bold, new form of transportation. These photos from the early days of aviation allow us to feel some of the fascination and admiration people used to have for planes and pilots. More just than old pictures of planes, these images from the beginning of air travel are sure to inspire you to innovate, travel, and push the limits of human ingenuity.