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5 Barriers Aviation Innovators Busted

How once seemingly unconquerable obstacles were beaten.

F-22 Raptor - 5 Barriers Aviation Innovators Busted - Plane & Pilot
If you’ve ever seen an F-22 Raptor demonstration, you’ve witnessed this plane doing things that no plane should be able to do. We’ve truly come a long way. Photo By Carlos Menendez San Juan, CC BY-SA 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons.

One of the fascinating things about the history of aviation is that it is so very compact. Okay, there were people trying to fly things, including themselves, a thousand years ago, but when it comes to real flying by real people in real aircraft, that has all happened within the last 150 years, which is merely a ripple on the surface of the ocean of history. 

While we normally talk about things in very aviation-specific terms, like building better large engines, in this case, the hurdles we’ll discuss are broad barriers to invention, most of which human innovators face every time they invent something and then try to implement the technology into everyday life, as we saw with the invention of everything from electricity to modern agriculture. 

So, here’s a list of those big hurdles aviation had to face and how the genius designers who came before us figured it out.  

Early aircraft concept -
Early aircraft concepts were often horrifyingly impractical. That didn’t change much for decades after the Wrights’ first flight.


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