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Evolution in the Aircraft Industry 1903-2007
In 1903, 35 locomotives with a weight of 16 tonnes each could in fact not fly. However when you compare the Wright’s Flyer with today’s Airbus A380 over the past 104 years, big changes took place, both in services, daily usage, technology and infrastructure.
When Orville and Wilbur Wright left their plane after the first powered flight (lasting 57 seconds) in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17th, 1903, they, and nobody else, could imagine at that time, that only 100 years later there would be commercial aircrafts carrying more than 800 passengers over a range of more than 8,000 miles at an altitude of 33.000 ft. These technologies have created today’s worldwide biggest industry: Tourism with more than 8 Mio. commercial aircraft passengers each day. Starting from zero in 1903 we now have also 4,000 active commercial airports worldwide. Today’s status of the hydrogen and fuel cell emerging industry compares with that at the time of the Wright Brothers in 1903. There are more dramatic developments coming in the future of hydrogen and fuel cells than anyone can imagine today, hopefully, in less than 100 years.