As one of the elite minds in Army Aviation, this noble person positively impacts the lives of many. I wish to educate readers about his contributions to Aviation and to shed light on Army Aviation. Sometimes their service goes unnoticed. Aviation dates back to the 1860s. During the period of the Civil War, the government conducted several experiments with air balloons and artillery. “On June 6, 1942, the War Department authorized the Artillery to have as organic aircraft two “Cub” type aircraft in each Artillery Battalion. What has now become the Army Aviation was born.” (“Army Aviation: Balloon to Apache,” n.d., para. 1 & 2).
Aviation has come a long way since the 19th century, from the Wright brothers taking flight with the first powered and controlled gliders, to aircraft that can travel up to supersonic speeds, orbiting satellites and space stations which then were only thought to be science-fiction. Aerospace and aviation has proven to be one of the biggest challenges to advance in the entirety of human existence. There are many factors and characteristics that contributed to this advancement such as the engines of aircraft, forces of flight, aerodynamic forces, wingspans etc. The two most significant aspects however have been; World War 1 and World War 2.
The First World War was monumental in history because of all the new technology that was introduced. One particular area that developed during the Great War was the use of airplanes by the German and Allied militaries. In comparison, they both had different mentalities towards an invention that was only made successful less than a decade before the outbreak of war in 1914 by the Wright Brothers in North Carolina, United States. The German Military welcomed the idea with open arms, investing in its potential for military uses, whereas the Allies remained reserved and hesitant, claiming that aircraft could not be used for anything more offensive than reconnaissance missions. These differences in opinions later affected the development of each air force. The German military kept making consistent improvements to their equipment whereas the allied pilots were slow in their respective air force evolution. However, there was a common progression that both militaries had which was the slow phasing out of the cavalry on either side due to the effectiveness of the aircrafts reconnaissance and battle capabilities. During the World War One, the German military took advantage of the new technology available to them, which gave significant results, whereas the Allies had a more traditional mindset and followed behind at a slower pace.
The Naval Air service had been created in 1917 and blossomed during the war. Many Admirals were convinced that air superiority lay with a fleet with more air carriers. The combination of air assault and bombardment would show the enemy the superiority of the USA Navy power. The Navy embraced the airpowers as compliment to the fleet, adding more planes to the fleet and teaching the students at the Naval Academy aeronautical instructions.
In 1968, the United States Army activated the 123rd Aviation Battalion, creating a remarkable unit that was comprised of several Army assets. The design of the battalion revolutionized how assets could be combined to complete many missions by mixing infantry, signal, aviation, and support units. The 123rd’s mission ranged from was to collect intelligence, deliver supplies, insert and extract infantrymen, and provide air support. In addition to their primary mission they also participated in medical evacuation, an invaluable asset on the battlefields of Vietnam.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) owes its creation to many significant events in aviation history. One of them includes the creation of the Air Mail Act of 1925, which spearheaded the creation of commercial airlines that worked for a profit. (FAA, 2011) This act leads to rapid growth in the development of aircraft and of air traffic. The increasing volume of air traffic, lead to the early development of air traffic control, which was based on visual signals. (FAA, 2011)
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 ...
Most Expensive Military Planes
As military technology advances some of most expensive military aircraft in this world were created. For need of some more powerful means of defense, flying the military technology was developed. Even creating some highly cost military equipment is not debatable by people as it is wasting the government’s money but show must go on. Here is the most expensive military aircraft ever made in world.
“Not to have an adequate Air Force in the present state of the world is to compromise the foundations of national freedom and independence.”
By 1914 aviation technology was sophisticated enough to make airplanes valuable wartime tools. In 1918, the U.S. government found an important peacetime role for aviation: delivering mail. Entrepreneur Walter T. Varney launched his U.S. "air mail" operation April 6, 1926, marking the birth of commercial aviation in the United States. Because Varney was a predecessor of United, it also marked the birth of the airline.