The History of Air Travel

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably ridden on a plane at some point in your life. However, for most of human history, flight was little more than a crazy fantasy.

The first recorded airplane flight took place on December 17, 1903. This was the date that the Wright brothers took to the skies in the world’s first functioning airplane. The plane was a small, modest biplane that featured both gliders and an independent power source. By combining both methods of propulsion, the Wright brothers set the standard for modern air travel.

From there, World War I played a major role in shaping the design of the aircraft. Bombers and skirmishers played an integral role in the war, engaging in dogfights and limiting civilian casualties. After the war, the design of the aircraft had become more reliable, and many planes were recycled as cargo aircraft after the war.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to successfully complete a flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That same year, the Douglas DC-3 took flight. This aircraft was considered to be the first commercial aircraft to carry passengers and create a profit.

After the Second World War, thousands of pilots returned from their military service and the commercial air travel industry exploded. Small passenger planes were developed in the 1950s, including the iconic Boeing 707 jet. These planes were very small, so ticket prices were high. Air travel was a luxury only the wealthy could afford, and food and beverage service were considered top-notch. This is what most experts consider the golden age of air travel. In 1978, air travel was deregulated, and airlines were allowed to create their own flight schedules and destinations. This opened the air travel industry to the general public and made flying much more affordable.

Today, flying is no longer a glitzy or glamourous experience. Most people try to avoid flying when they can to avoid the long lines, security checks, and low-quality food that comes with it. Village Catering knows that flying (especially with an important client) can be uncomfortable—which is why we’re proud to provide airline catering services that were created to impress. Give our team a call today to learn more or make your reservation!