This course is structured to give the student a well-rounded review of the significant events, people, places and technologies in aviation as it progressed through history to the present day. The course will begin with a brief review of very early flight and then focus primarily on aviation advancements through the 20th century. Students will examine how the airline environment and general aviation are expected to change in the near future.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify key events, locations and flight theories of the early evolution of flight up until the beginning of the 20th century.
- Summarize the early theories and experiments leading to powered flight.
- Identify the accomplishments of key figures in aviation history.
- Explain how war time pressures of World War I and World War II (WW I and WW II) impacted the evolution of aircraft and flight knowledge.
- Investigate key types of military aircraft and how aircraft changed the nature of warfare.
- Summarize the evolution, issues and regulations associated with the birth and growth of the airline industry in the United States.
- Summarize the growth of general aviation including key manufacturers and related businesses.
- Outline key events associated with the birth and growth of rocket powered flight for military and space applications.
- Outline the projected aviation advances, challenges and issues expected in the 21st century.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.