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Centennial of Aviation
March 1, 2004 Volume 34 Issue 1
Articles In This Issue
  • Monday, March 1, 2004
    AuthorRobert S. Walker

    Technology development in hypersonics could remap the future.

    At the opening session of the Commission of the Future on the United States Aerospace Industry (the Aerospace Commission), I quoted Wilbur Wright who once opined that mankind would not achieve flight "for a thousand years." ...

  • Monday, March 1, 2004
    AuthorHarry J. Hillaker

    The judicious application of advanced technologies and design innovations gave the F-16 unprecedented performance capabilities at an affordable cost.

    The Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon was initially ridiculed and rejected by both the company and the Air Force for being too small and too light to ...

  • Monday, March 1, 2004
    AuthorRichard P. Hallion

    We must commit ourselves to remaining an aerospace nation and to reinvigorating the aerospace industry.

    There are many lessons to be learned, both positive and negative, from the first 100 years of flight.1 On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright completed the world’s first powered, ...

  • Monday, March 1, 2004
    AuthorMichael A. Clarke

    In the twenty-first century, we will see the dawn of the space fleet.

    In the 100th year of powered manned flight, it is appropriate that we step back and review the evolution of military aviation and look ahead to the future. How did the United States achieve its current dominance in the air? ...

  • Monday, March 1, 2004
    AuthorAlan H. Epstein

    Once Aircraft no longer required human operators, they could be made much smaller.

    Since the first controlled powered flight by the Wright brothers 100 years ago, aircraft size and range have been important measures of progress in aviation. Large payloads have always required large aircraft ...

  • Monday, March 1, 2004
    AuthorC. D. (Dan) Mote Jr.

    December 17, 2003, at 10:35 a.m. marked the centennial of the first powered, controlled, heavier-than-air flight by the Wright brothers. This milestone in aerospace history calls for both reflection on the past and some speculation about the future of flight. Among the many celebrations of that ...