66 Years of Flight: A Lifetime of Changes and Progress
This retrospective on powered flight came to me from our trip to Kitty Hawk this past November. There was one particular contrast that the park ranger giving our lecture made that stuck with me. Tom Tate (a local Outer Banks boy), in 1900, assisted the Wright Brothers in one of their experiments. His perspective on history is pretty amazing. The Wright brothers needed a kid (roughly 75 lbs) to use as ballast in order to test their proof of concept 1900 kite. Tom Tate saw the Wright Brothers fly at Kitty Hawk, and he also watched the first space shuttle flight on TV. I found that absolutely astonishing that so much progress could be made in one person’s life time. The New York Times, in 1902 stated that manned, powered flight would not happen for “… a million years”. What are your kids going to be watching in 70 years that you and I can’t dream of now?