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History of Aviation Research EssayHIST130Fall1608Fall
Everyone knows how the Wright Brothers were the first people to successfully operate a propulsion aircraft back in 1903. But what most people do not know about is the first commercial flight that took place a few hundred miles south of Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers inspired many aviation enthusiasts. (Sharp) On January 1st, 1914, an airline company by the name of St. Petersburg-Tampa had the world’s first scheduled airline flight with a seated passenger. This sparked interest in aviation enthusiasts everywhere, and the business of commercial airline companies ensued, growing exponentially throughout the years. From being able to schedule a flight to your destination, ordering a cocktail with your meal, to being able to gain Internet access throughout the plane. The cabins were not the only thing that was evolving, but the aircraft itself changed along with them, therefore significantly changing the way commercial airliners conducted their business and satisfied their customers. During the growth of the industry it has soared to new heights offering more than just a plane with a seat, but an experience, with food, drinks, technology, and comfort.(2014) Henry Ford once said: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” America was going through some troubling times in the beginning of the century, and we needed a way to change its fortunes. In 1917, Congress followed up on a recommendation given by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which would ultimately become NASA inlater years, invested $100,000 into an experimental airmail service that would include thePost Office, and the United States Army. This blossomed into the Contract Air Mail service thanks to the acts passed by congress in 1925 and 1926. Contract Air Mail established the foundation for commercial airline industries. Later those industries would
become major players in the business today, including but not limited to: United Airlines, American Airlines, Boeing, Pan Am, etc. Of course all these companies that started coming out would be in competition with each other, ultimately forcing each industry to create a better travel experience for their customers. Henry Ford played a major role for the beginning of commercial aviation. He created what was known as the (2014) “Tin Goose”, and with its Ford Trimotors, it was labeled “The First American Airliner”. Ford was able to create the idea of reliable and safe passenger air travel by having his name on the airplanes that were used for passengerflights, and used for his Reliability Tours that he took around the country promoting aviation. Sadly the Great Depression ended Henry Ford’s rather short term with Americanaviation, but his ingenuity inspired other companies like Boeing, and the Douglas AircraftCompany that would later create the DC-3 and would completely revolutionize the way

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