Museum History

Houston's Aviation History Timeline


The year is 1910. Horses still provide the primary mode of transportation in Houston. A troupe of Frenchmen led by Louis Paulhan visit Houston to demonstrate their Bleriot monoplane. 2,500 people pay $1 each to watch Paulhan fly the fragile Bleriot.

When Paulhan decides the winds are too strong, the crowd becomes unruly. The next day they watch Paulhan make short, straight flights.

February 18, 1910:

Louis Paulhan makes first airplane flight in Houston.

November 27, 1917:

Ellington Field opens to train pilots for World War I.