History of Aviation

Orville and Wilbur Wright are two American brothers accredited with inventing and flying the world's first airplane on December 17th, 1903

                 Fun Facts about Aviation

1.)  A modern jet, the Boeing 747 has a wingspan longer than the Wright Brother's entire first flight, spanning more than 120 feet!

2.)  Each of the four engines on a Boeing 747 weight 9,500 lbs.

3.)  At any moment, there are about 61,000 people airborne over the United States alone!

4.)  Chicago's O'Hare International airport have planes taking off or landing every 37 seconds on average.

5.)  Only 5% of the world's population has traveled on airplanes.  However, over 80% of people say they fear flying.

6.)  During a commercial airline flight, the pilot and co-pilot never eat the same meal for safety reasons, just in case one of the pilots gets food poisoning from one of the dishes.

7.)  The President and Vice President of the United States never fly on the same plane together.

                            The Future

The photo above is a prototype of what the future of aviation will look like.  Within 10 years, a British technology firm, CPI, will be working on ways to making aircraft more efficient.  One way is to take out passenger windows all together.  Instead, the company plans on replacing it with large LCD screens as a view of the outside world so it almost appears as though you are flying yourself.  Not sure how this is going to go over with people afraid of heights, or what the screens will show in an emergency, but still a cool idea.

This aviation adventure however, I fear will not go well.  The same British company also has plans to develop and train ROBOTS to fly airplanes.  This idea gives me a sickening feeling inside.  Putting our trust into a man made machine that cannot make decisions on it's own.  It also scares me that I will be competing for my dream job of becoming a pilot with pieces of metal.

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