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1889 Edouard and André Michelin establish Michelin, the largest tire manufacturer in the world, as a small rubber factory in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

1903 The Wright Brothers build and fly the first working airplane.

1908 Creation of "Michelin Special Prize" and "Michelin Cup" to encourage the progress of Aviation.

1909 Frenchman Louis Blériot makes the first successful long-distance flight over water from France across the English Channel.

1910 French baroness Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to gain a license to fly. Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license in the U.S.

1911 Eugene Renaux wins the "Michelin Special Prize" as he flies from Paris to Clermont-Ferrand, a record.

1914 Less than 3 weeks after the declaration of war, Michelin offers the French government its help in the designing of a true bomber.

1917-1919 Almost 2000 Bréguet aircraft are built in Michelin's first plant.

1916 The world's first cement runway is built by Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand.

1919 John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown make the first successful Atlantic crossing.

1921 Bessie Coleman becomes the first African-American to earn a pilot's license.

1923 Lieutenants John A. Macready and Oakley G. Kelly make the first non-stop flight across the United States.

1926 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to successfully fly a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. He flies on BFGoodrich® tires.

1930 Mrs. Victor Bruce, a British aviator, flies solo around the world. Amy Johnson is the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia.

1931 Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr. complete the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight.

1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly a solo round trip across the North Atlantic.

1937 Amelia Earhart disappears while attempting to fly around the world.

1939 The world's first jet plane, the German Heinkel 178, flies on August 27.

1943 The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II become the first African-American pilots to serve in combat.

1947 The Army Air Force becomes a separate major branch of the U.S. military.

1948 On March 26, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, named Glamorous Glennis after his wife.

1965 First air circumnavigation of the globe via both poles is accomplished by the Polecat, a Boeing 707.

1969 On July 20, Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to stand on the moon.

1981 Space shuttle Columbia lands on BFGoodrich® tires, wheels and brakes.

1981 The French Air Force fighter jet, the Mirage III, is equipped with the world's first operational radial aircraft tire ̶ the MICHELIN® AIR X®.

1983 Michelin develops the first radial tire on commercial aircraft, Airbus A300.

1984 Michelin develops the first radial tire on business jet, Falcon 900.

1984 First commercial flight on radial tires with A300-B4.

1986 Michelin develops the first radial tire on a U.S. military aircraft, McDonnell Douglas F15E. Michelin develops a radial tire for the most popular Airbus aircraft, Airbus A320.

1986 Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager fly non-stop around the world in 9 days.

1987 Radial tire approved on F15E & Rafale.

1989 The Michelin Group purchases the BFGoodrich® aircraft tire division.

1992 Michelin develops the first radial tire on a regional aircraft, ATR-42.

1993 Michelin develops the first radial tire on a Boeing airplane, Boeing B777.

1993 C17 entry into service.

1995 The 777 is the first Boeing to be fitted with radial tires.

1997 NBT (New Bias Technology) is introduced and First Flight on F22.

1997 Michelin develops a radial tire for the most popular Boeing aircraft, Boeing B-737 NG.

1999 Fitted as OE on A340-500/600 and Boeing 747-400ER.

2000 Michelin is the sole supplier to the NASA Space Shuttle program and is proud to celebrate the touch down of Space Shuttle Discovery completing the program's 100th mission.

2000 Radial NZG (Near Zero Growth) fitted as OE on ATR 42 & 72.

2000 Rafale in service.

2001 Radial NZG selected to re-certify Concorde.

2003 Radial NZG certified for A340-500/600.

2003 Eurofighter in service and equipped with MICHELIN® tires.

2005 Radial NZG certified on A380.

2006 First flight on F35.

2007 Radial NZG in service on Dassault Falcon 7X.

2008 Tire developed for Boeing 787-8.

2009 Exclusive fitment on Sukhoi Superjet 100.

2010 Radial NZG certified on Embraer E-Jet E-170/E-190.

2010 Radial NZG selected as OE to equip Bombardier Cseries.

2010 NZG technology chosen as OE for Airbus A350.

2011 Michelin selected on Chinese COMAC 919.

2011 Last space shuttle mission.