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Chapter 1 : Prologue.
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Chapter 1 : Prologue.
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    The Federal Aviation Administration : a historical perspective, 1903-2008. Chapter 1 : Prologue.
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    In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered flight. These two brothers from Ohio used experimentation, exacting science, and perseverance to achieve their historic breakthrough. Their twelve-second flight on December 17 led to the development of the first practical airplane in 1905 and launched worldwide efforts to build better flying machines. The early twentieth century witnessed myriad aviation developments as new planes and technologies entered service and early pilots, male and female, pushed one another to set, and then break, a host of aviation records for speed, flight duration, and aerobatics. During World War I, the airplane also proved its effectiveness as a military tool and, with the advent of early airmail service, congressionally authorized in 1918, it showed great promise for commercial applications.
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