Aviation History Information
I am doing a National History Day project on flight. In your opinion what event is the most important in
aviation history? In additon, if you have any other good information on airplanes, may you please send
them to me?
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.
- question from Mike
For more information on aviation history, I'd recommend the following sites:
- answer by Jeff Scott, 18 February 2001
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