Charles802 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 380 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1240 times:
After the actual invention of "self-propelled flying machines", what do you think was the most memorable event in aviation? What was most influential in shaping the face of aviation? It could be a person, event, aircraft, aircraft component (engine etc...).
A list is fine, or you can take the ultimate test of coming up with one single stand-out event.
P.S. I know some of you don't like polls (JWM) so please don't respond if you don't like the concept...
Ciro From Brazil, joined Aug 1999, 662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1127 times:
Very thoughtful topic, Charles!
I think the five most important events in the airline history were:
1. The concept of the hub-and-spoke system, launched by Delta Airlines.
2. The creation of IATA and its rules.
3. The invention of the Yield Management, by American Airlines.
4. The Boeing 747
5. The computer reservation system, by SABRE and American Airlines.
I my opinion, the Pan Am 747 accident in Scotland was quite memorable, especially because of the international politics involved.
My favorite aviation leaders are Robert Crandall and Juan Trippe.
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AC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1123 times:
I would have to say the two most important developments in commercial aviation would be airplanes, the Douglas DC-3 and the DeHavilland Comet. Consider the change from wooden aircraft or early metal aircraft to the DC-3. The DC-3 made aviation mainstream, and really symbolized the transfer of aviation from daredevil sport to a means of reliable, regularly scheduled transport between distant cities. Consider the change from a DC-4 to a Comet. The Comet ushered in the era of expansion in the people who would fly, and shaped what we see as a modern airliner today. The Comet itself didn't make flying for the masses, but it was the forerunner of all the jets that made it possible to fly cheaply and quickly.
Possibly other airplanes I would choose would be the Trident, which I believe made the first totally automatic landing, and any of the variety of airplanes that were used by bush flying outfits to open up new frontiers in remote areas. Jumbo Jets, such as the 747, deserve some recognition but they really were a development that was triggered by the jet age, not so much a totally new revolution, in my view.
While the people and events in aviation were important, I chose the airplanes as representative of the changes. They represented the people and events changing aviation.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12851 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
I think this is the sort of question even people who don't like polls should enjoy; anyway, I like polls, so here goes.
Personally, I think aviation came of age when it became available to a much wider number of people. Until about 1969, aircraft grew in very small steps, from the DC3 to DC4 to Connie, to DC7, Britannia and up to the older jets - to the 707 and DC8. Then, in the 1960s, one company decided to make THE biggest step. An aircraft twice as big as anything else before, several new concepts, still with us today - twin aisles, big fan engines, and economics to make it affordable to the masses. Yes, it was - as if you couldn't guess, the 747. No one aircraft has made a bigger impact on civil aviation. There were others (I'm about to start a new topic on that - have a look!), but the 747's first flight, or entry into service would have to be my moment(s).
BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 7 months ago) and read 1097 times:
There aren't many limits in aviation. From the first decaedes of flight, designers were experimenting with forward swept wings, tailless designs, flying wings, etc. They all flew. But there were many designers out there who thought that no airplane would ever fly faster through the speed of sound. Yeager and the Bell X1 showed in 1947 that breaking the barrier was easy. That opened up a whole new world for designers. The next two decades were devoted to making military planes as fast as possible. That trend advanced aerodynamics and engineering methods considerably, with the effects trickling down to commercial sector (compare the speed and aerodynamics of the Comet to the CV-880 or 707).