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Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering


The Amazing World of Aviation



THE BEGINNINGS OF FLIGHT

From the exhilarating and perilous days of early flight, to the present, where travel on commercial flights all over the world is as common as travel by motorcar, this program looks at the beginnings of flight, with innovators such as Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci coming up with new ways to give man wings, and chronicles the invention of hot air balloons, Zeppelins, box kites, and of course the story of the most influential inventors of all - Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers from Midwestern America who were to have the biggest impact on the world of aviation.

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THE FIRST DECADES OF AVIATION

The first decades of aviation brought both triumph and tragedy. To fly an early airplane required skill, courage and daring. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for their challenges, and thrilled audiences around the world. The advent of the movie camera meant that their exploits could be broadcast to every corner of the globe, and recorded for posterity. Several of the world's great aviators learned their craft in the bloodbath that was the Great War. The pilots of Germany, France and Britain who were able to master combat flying in time to prevent an early death were known as "Air Aces."

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AERONAUTICAL TECHNOLOGY TAKES OFF

The decades following the First World War saw aircraft designers pushing the boundaries of aeronautical technology, moving the industry forward at a rapid pace. With new commercial markets opening up, it was the visionaries who held the key to success. Each invention promising a future filled with endless possibilities. Airplane manufacture was moving from an era where designers often built their own inventions, to a level of complexity which required the expertise of specialist mechanics and engineers.

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AVIATION GOES COMMERCIAL

In 1951, a whimsical animation encouraged Americans to appreciate the joys of flight. The years following the First World War saw flying take off as business. Previously unimagined opportunities opened up, among them, skywriting and sightseeing tours. Flying became a bigger feature of life all around the world, not just as a novelty "adventure" for rich people but as a mode of transport available to just about anyone. And it's still the safest way to travel!

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SEAPLANES CROSS THE OCEANS

The very first airplanes were purely land-based. It soon became apparent that planes would need to be able to fly over water in order to transport passengers and cargo effectively. On 28th March 1910, Henri Fabre became the first person to successfully pilot a seaplane over water. Seaplane development went from strength to strength, with Seaplanes becoming the largest aircraft in the world by the end of the First World War. Seaplanes saw the dawn of the aviation industry as they could accommodate large numbers of passengers between continents, and only required a smooth body of water to land. Since the 1920's, advances in float plane technology saw metal hulls introduced, a cantilevered design and single engine. Seaplanes continue to be an extremely popular mode of transportation.

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THE HISTORY OF THE JET AGE

In 1966, British aviation expert Sir Frank Whittle was honored for his services to the aviation industry. Twenty-five years earlier, the aeronautical engineer had invented the jet engine, and ushered in a new era of air travel. On May the 15th, 1941, the first experimental flight using Whittle's engine took off over Cranwell, England and flew for 17 minutes, at a top speed of 545km per hour. Thanks to Whittle and others like him, it didn't take long for jet engines to become the standard long-range transportation option.

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THE JET AGE TAKES OFF

The year 1950 was a pivotal year for innovations in air travel, marking the start of the Jet Age after the invention of the jet engine by Frank Whittle some nine years earlier. Airlines began to spring up everywhere, catering to the demands of passengers wanting to go just about anywhere, but the flights were domestic only at the time. Pre-war travel was sold as a luxury experience afforded only by the rich, but post war, the emphasis was on comfort and customer service for both the rich and middle class. However air travel was still out of reach for those on a low income. Speed was the key, getting passengers from New York to London or Paris in six and a half to seven hours was the various airlines' biggest coup.

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THE GROWTH OF AIRPORTS

The first air fields were more concerned with utility than comfort. In the early years, tents were the only amenities set up for the enthusiastic crowds who flocked to watch aviators' daring exploits. During the war, open fields provided a runway, and hangars stored maintenance gear and airplanes. The first passengers became used to enduring the elements as they walked out to their flight. As the popularity of air transport increased, cities recognized the need to provide better service to passengers, and airports grew in design, to become the hub of activity and convenience they are today. Some include post offices, as well as restaurants, and even hotels on site.

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FLYING AT THE SPEED OF SOUND - THE CONCORDE

Flying at the speed of sound doesn't seem lime the type of thing that was possible in the 1960's, but that was when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to build the world's first Concorde, a jet that could traverse the Atlantic in just 3 hours, at twice the speed of sound, around about 1400 miles an hour. The all-metal Trident jet was a popular choice for airlines but couldn't compete with the glamour and allure of the Concorde. However, its inception wasn't without its complications. Britain and France squabbled over many aspects of its design, including the spelling of the name, eventually adopting the "e" on the end as a tribute to "Excellence and England."

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BOEING'S FIRST GREAT SUCCESS - THE 737

The Boeing 737 twin engine jetliner was to become Boeing's greatest success. Launched in 1967, the short range transport entered service the following year, and has remained in production ever since. In the 737, they have combined the best of all previous Boeing air craft. Among these is the fact that it has one of the lowest approach speeds of any jet transport, a great asset when landing at smaller airports with shorter runways. It also required minimum equipment for use in refueling. However, despite all its advantages, the 737 was soon overshadowed by the new, improved 747 Jumbo Jet.

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THE SUCCESS OF TWIN-ENGINE AIRCRAFT

Increasing passenger loads created greater demand on the world's most popular air lines, especially across the Atlantic. Traditionally, regulators had insisted that all passenger aircraft be powered by at least three engines, but the development of more sophisticated airplanes eventually made twin-engine, long-distance travel feasible. A new standard was introduced, known as Extended Range Twin-engine Operation, or ETOP. It allowed twin-engine aircraft to fly long distance routes if they complied with certain technical specifications and sufficient diversion options in case of emergency.

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THE BOEING 787 - A REVELATION IN AIR TRAVEL

The Boeing 787 may not look different, but according to it's manufacturers it is a revolution in air travel and will help preserve the natural resources of the planet. Similar to the Airbus A380, the plane is made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastics and aluminum glass fiber materials which are lighter and more resistant to fatigue. It is one of many planes that have been developed to reduce the carbon footprint while at the same time improving space, comfort and entertainment for passengers on long voyages.

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NEXT STOP FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY - SPACE!

In 1982 the US government initiated a top secret research program known as Copper Canyon, to investigate the possibility of a single stage-to-orbit airplane which could take off and land horizontally. In 1990 the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane was developed by MacDonald Douglas, Rockwell International and General Dynamics in an attempt to prove that thermal dynamics have a direct affect on the speed at which an aircraft can travel. The buzz word in the space industry now is tourism. Private companies have moved into space research, with the philosophy that the best way to extend man's reach into space is to promote it as a tourist destination.

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