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The First Decades of Aviation
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The First Decades of Aviation
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The Beginnings of Flight
From the exhilarating and perilous days of early flight, to the present, where travel on commercial flights all over the world is as common as travel by motorcar, this program…
The First Decades of Aviation
The first decades of aviation brought both triumph and tragedy. To fly an early airplane required skill, courage and daring. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for…
Aeronautical Technology Takes Off
The decades following the First World War saw aircraft designers pushing the boundaries of aeronautical technology, moving the industry forward at a rapid pace. With new commercial markets opening up,…
Aviation Goes Commercial
In 1951, a whimsical animation encouraged Americans to appreciate the joys of flight. The years following the First World War saw flying take off as business. Previously unimagined opportunities opened…
Seaplanes Cross the Oceans
The very first airplanes were purely land-based. It soon became apparent that planes would need to be able to fly over water in order to transport passengers and cargo effectively.…
The History of the Jet Age
In 1966, British aviation expert Sir Frank Whittle was honored for his services to the aviation industry. Twenty-five years earlier, the aeronautical engineer had invented the jet engine, and ushered…
The Jet Age Takes Off
The year 1950 was a pivotal year for innovations in air travel, marking the start of the Jet Age after the invention of the jet engine by Frank Whittle some…
The Growth of Airports
The first air fields were more concerned with utility than comfort. In the early years, tents were the only amenities set up for the enthusiastic crowds who flocked to watch…
Flying at the Speed of Sound - the Concorde
Flying at the speed of sound doesn't seem lime the type of thing that was possible in the 1960's, but that was when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to…
Boeing's First Great Success - the 737
The Boeing 737 twin engine jetliner was to become Boeing's greatest success. Launched in 1967, the short range transport entered service the following year, and has remained in production ever…
The Success of Twin-Engine Aircraft
Increasing passenger loads created greater demand on the world's most popular air lines, especially across the Atlantic. Traditionally, regulators had insisted that all passenger aircraft be powered by at least…
The Boeing 787 - A Revelation in Air Travel
The Boeing 787 may not look different, but according to it's manufacturers it is a revolution in air travel and will help preserve the natural resources of the planet. Similar…
Next Stop for the Aviation Industry - Space!
In 1982 the US government initiated a top secret research program known as Copper Canyon, to investigate the possibility of a single stage-to-orbit airplane which could take off and land…

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