Dawning of the Age of Aviation
Aviation is the activity of operating machines that are capable of flight, collectively called aircraft, or of designing, producing, and maintaining them. Civilization's earliest attempts at aviation go back to kites invented in 5th century China. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) conceptualized flying machines as early as the 1480s. Three hundred years later, people began flying in hot-air balloons. By the early 1900s, engine-powered airplanes had taken off in the United States.
Modern aircraft were soon put to use fighting wars. Aerial combat gave nations an advantage in waging war. In times of peace, Americans found more practical uses for aircraft, such as delivering mail and transporting people and cargo. By the mid-20th century, commercial aviation had become a large industry,...Read more