The Influence Of The Wright Brothers

Throughout human history, people have dreamed of flying. Leonardo Da Vinci drew images of flying contraptions, the Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon, and George Cayley invented the first glider. But, humanity had yet to achieve man-controlled flight until 1903. Two brothers, who developed their mechanical passions through a bicycle shop, opened up the world to a new realm of airborne possibilities. The Wright brothers were the first to make the dream of flight a reality. The Wright brothers’ groundbreaking invention of the airplane led to advances in both human and product transportation, allowing for new opportunities in the commercial and political worlds. The Wright brothers were eager to begin their development of the first …show more content…
Originally, airplanes were used for scouting and spying purposes. But, as the Germans worked on their aircrafts, they discovered how to incorporate a machine gun into the airplane, establishing the idea of fighter planes. Allied dominance fell due to these new terrors in the skies, and both sides in the conflict worked furiously to invent new ways to use the airplane. Next, the Germans began to organize strategic bombings with the airplanes, turning the tide of war in Germany’s favor. Soon, both sides of the war frequently used bomber planes, leading to many civilian deaths. In addition, aircraft was used by the Allies to “drop propaganda leaflets over occupied France, Belgium, and Italy in order to combat German psychological warfare”(Wilkin). The Allies also demoralized German soldiers by dropping propaganda in Germany. Overall, the airplane led to advancements in aerial combat and psychological tactics during World War …show more content…
Originally, post offices relied on delivering through a relay system, in which mail was passed between post offices by car. Once the airplane was invented, post offices saw the opportunity for a more rapid means of delivering mail around the world. In an attempt to begin a transcontinental route, the Post Office established an air route from New York to Cleveland. After flying the mail from New York to Cleveland rather than delivering it by train, it was found that the new route saved “about 16 hours in time to the Middle West and 24 hours to the [West] Coast” (Keogh). In short, the use of airplanes for mail delivery drastically shortened delivery times. Finally, the new airplane industry has generated hundreds of thousands of jobs at manufacturing companies and at airports. For starters, Boeing was one of the first companies to start manufacturing airplanes and airplane parts, creating thousands of jobs for engineers, managers, technicians, and more. In addition, the abundance of airplanes led to a necessity for airports. Nowadays, thanks to these airports, “aviation supports 10,600,000 jobs in the US annually”(“Air Traffic By The Numbers.”). Overall, airplanes generated many jobs openings for working-class

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