Aviation History Information

I'd have to say that the Wright Brothers' flight on December 17, 1903 is the most important event in aviation history. On this date, for the first time in history, a manned, powered aircraft proved that such flight was possible. Up to that time, most scientists and researchers believed that "heavier-than-air" flight was impossible and not worth pursuing. After the Wrights proved their critics wrong, the field of aeronautical engineering was born, and governments and universities began dedicating resources to understanding the science of flight and how to make aircraft more efficient. In essence, every event and discovery in aviation led up to or followed from the flight of the Wright Flyer.

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- answer by Jeff Scott, 18 February 2001

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