World War Aviation

Better Essays

Just as the locomotive made the world a smaller place in the nineteenth century, the airplane did the same for us in the twentieth century, shrinking our planet to the point that a person could fly anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. Not only have they made travel quick and safe, but aircraft provide many other services as well: from crop dusting and fighting forest fires to overnight delivery of packages and chasing hurricanes. They have also revolutionized warfare, turning battle into a long-range affair fought at arm’s length by machines of such sophistication that the way wars are fought has completely changed. Of course, they’ve also been responsible for leveling whole cities and bringing war to the civilian population who had …show more content…

Famous pilots like Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart took the United States by storm, turning world records into media events. Likewise, many companies competed to make larger and more advanced planes. The development and advancement in airplane technology permeated the American and worldwide travel markets, creating the fledgling airline industry, flying passengers from place to place for a cost. Perhaps the largest change of course for airplanes occurred due to World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, a major increase in the production of airplanes was undertaken by the United States. Over the course of the next three years during the war, more than 100,000 planes were constructed by the U.S. alone, more than all other nations combined. Many of these aircraft are still functioning today in air shows or stored museums. Another important aspect of the war was the development of new technologies that added a new concept to the influence of the development of airplanes: the jet engine. Following the war, the jet would become the primary powerhouse for …show more content…

Long voyages by ship are no longer a necessity to cross the world's oceans. Letters and packages arrive to distant destinations quickly and safely through air transport. Airplanes deliver supplies quickly to remote locations in emergency situations and restock military operations. Airplanes also improve medical care by quickly moving patients from rural areas to large medical centers and transporting organs to distant locations for transplants. In conclusion the airplane has shaped our culture immensely. It has changed the way we think. Today, if we want to go across an ocean, we would go by plane. Most people wouldn't even think of going by ship. If the airplane had not been invented, we would only think of sailing across the ocean. We also can visit more places and learn more about other cultures. The airplane has brought us closer together to people, friends, and family far away. It has also changed what we see as boundaries in the sense that we can travel to faraway places in a short time. A car ride that would take 6 hours, would only take about 1 hour and 20 minutes by airplane. Therefore in my opinion, the invention of the airplane is still today one of the greatest inventions to our society accomplished in the twentieth

Get Access