The invention of the airplane and its integration into our culture has changed the way we live and work. Our global economy is possible because of this technology. Aviation creates jobs, improves communication, increases tourism,
and expands the types of goods that can be transported from distant locations.
Before 1945, it took many hours, days, months, or even years to travel to faraway places. Going over land or water was timeconsuming, usually very expensive, and frequently not very comfortable. A letter sent to another continent could take
months to arrive.
Aviation changed everything!
Flying across the country (or even to another country) is something that ordinary families can afford. Letters that used to take months to arrive can now be sent in days.
In addition to transporting passengers and mail, aircraft also transport freight. Perishable goods, such as produce and flowers, can now be sent around the world.
Did You Know? Charles Lindbergh flew airmail. This was before he won the $25,000 prize for the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris.