History of Aviation Part Seven Today’s Aviation

The history of aviation is rich and colorful, with 13th century inventors trying to find a way for people to fly and the famous flight at Kitty Hawk.  Today’s aviation has caught the same pioneering spirit evident in the Wright Brothers, Frederick Brant Rentschler, and William E. Boeing.


Military Aviation

In the history of aviation, prior to World War I, most planes entertained in stunt flying and barnstorming.  In the first World War however, planes were used in combat despite their slow speed and heaviness.  For this reason, Capt. Frank Rentschler developed his air-cooled radial engine and partnered with Pratt & Whitney to have it produced—his biggest customer was the military.  In fact, until the end of World War II, the primary user of all aviation equipment was the U.S. Armed Forces.  Stealth, speed, and maneuverability are now critical to the development of military aircraft as radar systems improve and other countries make technological advances in warfare.

Commercial Aviation

Never in the history of aviation has it been as easy to fly as one can today.  A trip that would have taken days now lasts a couple hours.  Executives can meet with clients thousands of miles away and be home in time for dinner.  Today’s commercial jets burn less fuel and carry more passengers, creating a multibillion-dollar business worldwide.

Corporate Jets

Due to the increased concerns about security and with more restrictive/costly commercial flights, the history of aviation has evolved to corporate jets becoming more common.  Corporate jets allow travelers more flexibility and reduced time delays, making them more efficient.  Although owning a private jet has always been associated with the rich, businesses such as Executive Jet have made it possible for companies to own jets with their fractionalized ownership program.

The history of aviation has evolved tremendously over the past century, promising to continue as companies transport more efficiently and economically by air than ever before.  For more information on the history of aviation, join Covington Aircraft on their social network on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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