Since August 19 is National Aviation Day let's take a brief tour of aviation’s past, present, and future.
1. First Flight
On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers successfully flew their airplane at Kitty Hawk, NC.
2. Air Travel for the Masses
By the middle of the 20th Century, the public could comfortably fly all over the country.
In the 1980s and 1990s, under the leadership of Robert Crandall, American Airlines developed such innovations as frequent-flier miles and electronic reservations.
4. Rise of the Low-Cost Airlines
Low-cost airlines like Southwest and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin America further democratized aviation.
5. Current Challenges
At the U.S. Chamber’s Aviation Summit in April, Ben Baldanza President and CEO of Spirit Airline, talked about the challenges facing airlines today.
Once in place, the Next Generation Air Traffic Control system (NextGen) will use satellite technology to improve airline safety and reduce delays.
7. Space Tourism
Following SpaceShipOne successfully winning the X Prize, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo offers the potential of space tourism.
Bonus: Aviation Supports Jobs
Through the hard work of pioneers like the Wright Brothers and the innovators of today, aviation helps support 14.9 million travel and tourism jobs in the United States.