Brandon UptonAPS-401WA # 1I have been involved in the aircraft industry for over 17 years. I served in the military and spent alot of time overseas fighting in wars and getting to travel all over. I was graced with the job of being an aircraft mechanic. I was originally assigned to work on and aircraft that was released in the 1950’s It is known as the C-130 Hercules. It received that named because of its ability to move a lot of weight for its size. The military uses this as their cargo aircraft to transport items all over the world. Eventually I was given the task of moving to a new modern, sophisticated aircraft. They are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. A lot of people around the world call them drones. These planes are not drones as drones are dummy aircraft normally used as targets. Theseplanes are top of the line when it comes to technology. “On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane” (Smithsonian, 2020). We have been putting airplanes in the sky for a little over 100 years and theindustry has grown exponentially since that time frame. I grew up reading about World War II aircraft and was drawn to planes and I knew I wanted to be involved with them in some way shape of form. In 1903 the Wright flyer was powered by a small engine. “The Wright engine was a bit crude, even by the standards of the day. It had four horizontal inline cylinders” (Smithsonian, 2020). The engine only produces 12 horsepower. 33 years later we had taken what the Wright brothers had done and created aircraft capable of carrying bombs and shooting bullets while flying. WorldWar II saw the greatest advancement in aircraft technology, that was the invention and implementation of the jet engine. “First of the pioneer jet fighters was the German MesserschmittMe 262, which made its initial flight on March 25, 1942. In the following 4 years, a number of these pioneer, or first- generation, jet fighters were developed. In basic concept, these aircraft
were small extrapolations of the technology of contemporary propeller-driven aircraft of that period” (Loftin, 2010).
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Unmanned aerial vehicle, Unmanned Aircraft Systems