THE HISTORY OF FLIGHT
BY JOE COOPER
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THESIS: The invention of the airplane finally caught on in the early 1920's and single handedly changed our advantage at war and the shipping business in our country. The airplane was on of the most innovative ideas of its time, and we have not seen an invention in history that has changed the concept of travel in our country more than this.


PRIOR TO THE 1920's

On December 17th 1903 the Wright brothers showed the world that flight was possible. They created the first airplane ever seen by man. The invention astounded everyone (poor, rich and especially the middle class).


  • Airplanes did not catch on as fast as the Wright brothers hoped, mostly because of the dangers that flying presented to passengers.

  • Prior to the 1920's Airplanes were used for attacks in World War 1 but did not have a big impact due to their instability and poor control. Therefor Airplanes were tossed aside as an "impractical invention".

DURING THE 1920's


  • The invention of the Airplane quickly caught on as a way of AirMail.

  • This allowed businesses and people to ship packages and mail across the country in a couple of days instead of a couple of weeks.

  • This was a huge advantage in business, as they could get things done faster and ahead of other companies.

  • Later in the 20's Airplane travel caught on as a way of transporting people as well.

  • Airplane travel was very expensive, and was basically only open to the upper class of America

  • Soon after Airplanes started the transportation of people they caught on as a way of entertainment. People would do tricks such as fly in circles all day, or get out of the plane and dance on the wing.

  • The 1926 Air Commerce Act was put in place to specify air navigation, to set up specific arial routes, and also to license pilots.

  • One of the biggest events to occur in the 1920's was the flight of an American named Charels A. Lindbergh. He crossed the Atlantic ocean by himself in an Airplane for the first time in history.