Since the time of the World Wars and the Wright brothers, aviation has become a huge part of global society. The Orville and Wilbur Wright’s names will forever be remembered into United States history as the first men who were the first to fully realized human flight. Their successful invention of a working, powered airplane brought about whole new ways of wars, including new strategies for both offense and defense. Many technological advances might not have occurred without the need for new weapons and systems for airplanes. Travel and commerce would be much slower without the usage of airplanes. Orville and Wilbur have made a lasting impact on the world with their invention of a working, human-controlled, powered airplane; who knows what the world would be without it.
The emergence of commercial aviation in the United States may be traced back to what many have described as “the airmail experiment”. The post office in the United States has been seen by many to have initiated true commercial aviation as early as 1925 when it started delivering letters through the air. By the year 1925, the US government had in place 7 airplanes which transported letters between cities and had the capacity of delivering over 14 million letters in a year (U.S. Department of Transportation, 2008).
Within the following decade need for air-transport made it very desirable. This is mainly due to World War I as many of the retired bombers were turned into commercial airliners. Soon after these flights commenced it became very apparent that in order to be making any financial again there needed to be more people on these aircraft as they could initially fit four passengers (Century of Flight 2008). British aviation company de Havilland built a ten passenger plane that seated it occupants in comfort called the de Havilland Dragon. 1930’s saw the expansion of the commercial airliner market (Century of Flight 2008). As the need for air-transport grew so did the supply, as for any demand. Ailing such as Lufthansa (Germany), United Airlines (United States), Imperial Airways (Britain) and KLM were just some of the airlines that started operating in this
Cruising on a seven-forty-seven, a frequent occurrence in current American society, but a pretty young industry in the broad scope of the United States’ history. It was only a little over one hundred years ago that the first airplane glided for twelve seconds. The impact of air travel can clearly be examined by looking at how humanity operated and communicated without it, how flight was innovated, and how the aviation industry changed different aspects of american life on a national scale.
Calvin Coolidge once said, The chief business of the American people is business. This statement is as true today as it was when Coolidge said it because America is largely defined by the nature of the businesses that drive its economy. One of the major economy driving businesses in America is Boeing, an aircraft production company with plants all over the United States. The aircraft produced by Boeing are used for military and commuter services. The Boeing 747 commuter jet has become the symbol of the company, and a great symbol of what America is all about. Diversity, efficiency, and creativity are terms used to describe America, but now they are being used by the Boeing Company to describe the Boeing 747.
By the early 1900’s, with the aviation industry just beginning, many enthusiasts experimented with the new concept of flight and quickly began improving the basic concepts of aviation. What was initially intended for hobbyists quickly became a staple for the U.S. Government in support of World War I and later the Post Office Department. Aircrafts were becoming more capable of transporting bulk supplies and to further distances. More importantly it was a means to transport time sensitive items from point to point in a fraction of the time compared to ground or water.
For the past couple of centuries the idea of air transportation has grown by leaps and bounds. Around 1783 an inventor by the name of De Rozier came up with the idea of creating a balloon that could possibly carry people. His invention became popular and was made successful two months later by the Montgolfiers. The idea that people could travel by air was so inventive that other people began capitalizing on the movement. The next hundred years proved to be an evolution in air transportation with the creation of blimps, zeppelins, jet packs, helicopters, and finally airplanes. On December 17, 1903 the Wright brothers completed their dream by braking records through feet and time with each successful test flight. The Journal of Aircrafts noted that the Wrights discovery was “one of the most critical components of heavier-than-air, powered flight, that is, three-axis control . . . . Their greatest challenge occurred in designing and developing the propulsion system which included an engine and transmission, and the invention of an efficient propeller” (Carroll & Carroll, 2005 n.p.). Approximately eleven years later this invention lead to military manufacturing for WW1 and five years after that the postal air mail service. Our textbook indicated “the potential for growth of the airmail industry in particular, and in aviation activity in general, resulted in the need to have aviation managed, controlled, and regulated as a comprehensive system so that its potential for widespread growth would be met” (Wells & Young, 2011 p.57). Throughout the next fifty to sixty years the airline airlines jumped through many hoops that consisted of consumer fears, competition, regulation and deregulation. The government began developing programs such ...
By closely analyzing the president of Boeing, Jim Albaugh, announcement, "the days of duopoly with Airbus are over in the small commercial jets", we have to realize that the future of the large commercial aircraft won't be as it looks like today.
"It was the jet Boeing didn't build that averted what could have become one of the worst crash landings in the company's 91-year history--and cleared Boeing to conquer the skies again."(Masters, 2007). Boeing's Management team's work hard to plan what project's will be best for customers, lead to the largest returns to shareholders, and keep a reputation of being a world leader in the aviation industry. "In October 2002, executives of the aircraft manufacturer met with a group of global airline representatives at a conference center on the Seattle waterfront. The executives were trying desperately to figure out what to build next to hold off a soaring Airbus."(Masters, 2007) Boeing had made plans to build a high speed jetliner prior to this meeting. Through careful planning and expert decision making Boeing officials found that the world was more interested in comfort and efficiency. Boeing's high speed aircraft would have been a huge economic let down because of the huge price tag and expensive operating costs. After that meeting Boeing changed plans to make the Dreamliner which is a more cost effective and comfortable aircraft that has enough orders to keep Boeing busy building the aircraft for customers until the year 2015. While Boeing has spent many resources planning what to build, Boeing is now faced with the problems of how to meet customer demands of the new aircraft.
Technology for any aerospace company is important, and this very much holds true for Boeing. Since its inception Boeing has been at the forefront of aviation technology. They introduced the first modern airliner with the Boeing 247 model (http://www.boeing.com/history/boeing/m247.html). During World War II Boeing manufactured the premier bomber planes based on the model 247 the bomber Boeing designed was so good that even their rivals Lockheed Martin, and Douglas aircraft agreed to manufacture them also. Following the end of the war Boeing suffered significant financial losses from their defense division this experience forced the company to reinvent themselves, and that they did. In the 1950s during the Korean War Boeing started to develop guided missiles. This technolog...
Boeing is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells aviation products. It is a pioneer in this field since 1916, and is the largest exporter by dollar value. The highly established status of Boeing was under threat when in 1977, US gove...
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