A Brief Timeline Of American Aviation
1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright make first powered, controlled flight in a flying machine. The Wright brothers’ achievement would change the development of aviation and kick start the 20th century. From this moment forward aviation turns a corner, and things begin to move forward in ways that many had not thought possible.
1911: Aircrafts are being used for warfare internationally. Aviators were styled as modern-day knights, doing individual combat with their enemies. Several pilots became famous for their air-to-air combat; showing their flying prowess as a real asset in war.
1932: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. All we’ve got to say about this is: get it, girl. She showed the world what women are capable of; challenging the mindset of a male lead field and expectations of what women of that time could do.
1933: The first modern plane, the Boeing 247, takes flight for the first time. At the time it was the fastest transport around, with a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. The twin-engine ten passenger plane ushered in a new era of air travel.
1942: World War II introduces another element of aircraft use. the world’s first operational jet aircraft, Not only airplanes, but also helicopters saw rapid development in the Second World War
1958: NASA is established. The goal of reaching the moon is established by President John F. Kennedy a few years later.
1961: Sky is no longer the limit. The United States responded by launching Alan Shepard into space on a suborbital flight in a Mercury space capsule. He had a lot of competition, and realized that he needed to step up his game to bring forward bigger success in his challenge to take on aerospace. In that realization he stopped drinking, smoking, took up jogging and more… looks like it paid off!
1979: The Gossamer Albatross (The Gossamer Albatross is a human-powered aircraft built by American aeronautical engineer Dr. Paul B. MacCready’s company AeroVironment) became the first human powered aircraft to cross the English channel. This achievement finally saw the realization of centuries of dreams of human flight.
1986: Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew an aircraft, the Rutan Voyager, around the world without re-fueling and without landing. The aircraft was first imagined by Jeana Yeager, Dick Rutan, and Dick’s brother Burt Rutan as they were at lunch in 1981. The initial idea was first sketched out on the back of a napkin.
Aviation has come a long way in many different applications, from war games to passenger luxury. America has been on the edge of aviation development since the beginning, bringing forward changes and ideas that have pushed planes to fly to the heights they do today.