Aviation History and Technological Advancements

"The Wright Brothers, Howard Hughes and the founder of Boeing have several things in common with each other. They are all innovators that brought on early adopters. The Wright Brothers led the way into flight while others that followed continue to improve the way to travel farther and faster than ever before. Not all advancement in aviation has led to intended results."

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My initial understanding and appreciation of technology came from paying close attention to how my father viewed technology, while the military introduced me to cultural diversity.

My earliest memories of technology started in the early 1980’s when my father bought his first computer. I believe it was a Tandy computer. My father had to program this device, while using the television as a monitor. I was drawn in (an early adopter) by my father’s excitement over this new device he claimed would save him time with log notes and important documents. However, he did not realize that he would spend more time programming the machine to do what he wanted than actually accomplishing his intended goals.

After a few months or so, Commodore came out with the Commodore 64 which was a huge step forward from the Tandy. The Commodore 64 allowed my father to accomplish his goals for log notes and accounting. The rapid technological advancement of computers in the 80’s paved the way for high speed computers of the late 90’s along with the internet. Jerry (my father) was always an early adopter for technology and still is today.

I grew up in a small town with no cultural and ethnic diversity. The population of my town (Port Hope, Michigan) was approximately 300 people. Technology was limited to what how much farmers could produce in a good year with the equipment they had. Wealth was measured not by how much money a person had, but how much land they owned. My friend Dan bragged about his newly acquired forty acres of land and a brand new International Harvester. His new found wealth was the talk of the town. Today, not much has changed in this small town. There are no stop lights, ATM machines, and cable television, not to mention cell phone reception. The need for these items does not exist as people prefer personal banking (to keep the gossip going). Farmers and construction workers spend twelve to fifteen hours a day outdoors, and therefore have no time for cable television or internet.

I left Port Hope, Michigan in June 1988 and went off to the Marine Corps where they opened my eyes immediately to cultural diversity. My first duty station was Okinawa, Japan. I spent thirteen months there and traveled to five other Asian countries. The customs and traditions were much different than the United States, but the technology in stereo systems and other electronics blew the doors off of what we would get back home. The economy in Japan at the time was extremely competitive to other wealthy countries. The connection between the have’s and have not of the world is education and existing reproducible resources.

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15 Responses to “Aviation History and Technological Advancements”
  1. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Interesting piece. Leaps and bounds in aviation and transportation are making headlines. There are so many technologies coming about to meet the demands of Organic or Green transportation. Your article was very informative and interesting. Thanks

  2. Chris Stonecipher Says...

    On September 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Lauren for your kind comment and reading my paper.

  3. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Chris,

    Your continued kindness means more to me than you know. Your work is interesting and unique. There is a special genuine quality that can be felt within every lin you write.

    My best wishes & blessings.


    -Liane Schmidt.

  4. Hein Marais Says...

    On December 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I would just love to see what comes next, maybe a teleporter? :)

  5. eddiego65 Says...

    On December 12, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Amazing article. There are so many new things in this world I’m not aware of. Thanks for sharing!

  6. papaleng Says...

    On February 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    a very interesting article. Yes advancement in Technology have its positive gains but in a sense also has its drawback. It is for us to adapt to our environment.

  7. The Quail Says...

    On February 12, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    very interesting article.

  8. Glynis Smy Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I am always nervous of the auto pilot going on strike! Interesting article.

  9. Unofre Pili Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:04 am

    A well-researched article.

  10. Lost in Arizona Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I love aviation, ever since I saw the design of Leonardo Da’Vinci’s design of his flight machine. While flying still scares me at times, the idea’s behind man’s inventions, and capabilities to be able to achieve flight amaze me. And without computers, I would go bonkers..lol! Thank God in some respects for technology. Though at times I don’t if it’s a good thing or not…lol!

  11. kate smedley Says...

    On April 29, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Informative article on aviation which I knew nothing about, thank you!

  12. Mystical Whitewolf Says...

    On April 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Great article Chris. Loads of information.

  13. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    A serious writing here but you’d get it done beautifully.

  14. coach b Says...

    On March 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    i cant find the anwser to my questinnn????

  15. Chris Stonecipher Says...

    On March 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Hi coach b,
    What is your question? This is more of an opinion article then a research article. Thanks for commenting.

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