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Some examples of early airplanes are seen below.

The image below illustrate some of the early airplane designs of the Wright Brothers. These images date to the 1910s. Note the two sets of wings running parallel to one another and secured by long, vertical rods. The bodies of the planes are small in comparison to the wings.

Wright Brothers' 1914 Model H Wright Brothers' 1916 Model L

Wright Brothers' 1914 Model H and 1916 Model L: Images courtesy of First to Fly, 2006.

Wright Brothers' 1910 Model R

Wright Brothers' 1910 Model R: Image courtesy of First to Fly, 2006.

The image below illustrates typical 1920s U.S. Mail delivery plane. The span of the wings has decreased from the Wright Brothers' early planes.

1920s United States Mail Delivery Plane

1920s United States Mail Delivery Plane: Image courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum online exhibit, 2006.

Below are several examples of typical 1930s planes, from the era considered the Golden Age of Flight. This first set of images illustrate several private airplanes. The sets of parallel wings are often still present, but the overall form has become more streamlined.

1930s Airplanes 1930s Airplanes

1930s Airplanes: Image courtesy of the University of Vermont Landscape Change Program and the Bristol Historical Society.

1930s Airplanes

1930s Airplanes: Image courtesy of the University of Vermont Landscape Change Program and the Vermont State Archives.

This next set of 1930s images illustrate commercial airplanes of the Central Vermont Airways. These commercial airlines, which are displayed in chronological order, become larger and more closely resembling the commercial airplanes of today.

Timetable Brochures for Central Vermont Airways

Timetable Brochures for Central Vermont Airways

Timetable Brochures for Central Vermont Airways: Images courtesy of the "Airline Timetable Images", 2006.

The following images illustrate Air National Guard planes of the 1940s and 1950s. The examples are not from Vermont but are probably similar to the Vermont Air National Guard planes of the 1940s and 1950s. These planes much more streamlined and aerodynamic.

1940s Air National Guard Planes 1940s Air National Guard Planes

1940s Air National Guard Planes 1940s Air National Guard Planes

1940s Air National Guard Planes: Images courtesy of the Air National Guard, 2006

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