Up, Up, and Away – The Invention of the Airplane The airplane is not only one of the greatest inventions in the 20th century, but also the most wonderful scientific creation of the human history at large. Flying higher and higher, floating deep into the air like birds, and moving from one place to the other within a jiffy in order to mitigate the distances had always been one of the most astounding dreams of human beings since the beginning of time.
Several experiments had been conducted time and again to make flying a certain possibility, but until Orville and Wilbur Wright came along it was still a far cry to convert this dream into reality. The traditionalists declared this dream a mere wild goose chase, but the dogged will, unabated efforts, and continuous struggle applied by the Wright Brothers of the United States flabbergasted the world when their experiment of flying this strange machine (airplane) turned out successful in December, 1903.
Their achievement was not the matter of only a single day. On the contrary, they had worked day-in and day-out with unflinching passion and had invented seven initial shapes of aircraft including one kite, three gliders, and three powered airplanes. The invention of airplane was an incredible achievement in the field of science and technology that brought about great cultural strides that greatly impacted our society in many ways. For example, the world really became a small village where every part could be easily visited without wasting any precious time.
The long and exhausting journeys that used to take months, weeks, and days in the past could be completed within hours. Also, the people belonging to divergent parts of the world could travel from one region to the other quickly, thereby exchanging different aspects in social and cultural experiences. People now had the ability to gage their arrival time in different regions. Gone are the days when people viewed the journey overseas to other countries as a hard nut to crack. They made long plans and concentrated on the time to be consumed in travelling.
The day and date of reaching the destination were based on speculation surrounding the inability to predict the exact time of arrival at some specific region. Ultimately, the meetings depended upon the arrival of the travelers. In addition, the family and friends maintained serious reservations about the safe departure of the travelers. The airplane made absolute alterations in the attitude and behavior of people towards travelling. The invention brought about welcome changes in what we could do ith the ability to travel quickly such as: rapid and frequent travelling towards pole-apart regions of the globe for the purpose of seeking higher and quality education, receiving latest health treatment and facilities, obtaining of job and employment according to the qualification and skills, and entering into business ventures and deals in the remotest areas of the world. Also, a person in need of urgent medical treatment could be shifted to an area well-equipped with the latest medical technology.
With the advent of airplane, people can move faster and even can visit the places where no one can go without airplanes. Visiting remotest countries has also become accessible now. (Camplejohn, 2006) It is the airplane that has made the migration a very easy and fast process for the masses. People migrate from under-developed states to the developed countries and enjoy themselves with the life in a society far superior from their native lands in respect of facilities and exposure.
It has given birth to the concept of acculturation, as mixing of divergent cultural traits has produced variety in every field of human life. People now have knowledge and exposure of the lifestyle, festivals, cult, religious beliefs, art, literature, political system and social establishment from different parts of the world. Commercial activities have also received an imperative boost. Now the attending of meetings, entering into contracts, and displaying one’s merchandise and commodities in international markets has become a routine matter.
The products and technical staff can be sent and shifted to different parts of globe for the projection and promotion of brands of national and international reputation. The export and import of huge commodities has become very speedy and easier one, where the entrepreneurship transfers the commodities in bulk through airplanes. The political leaders and statesmen also find great advantage while travelling through airplanes. Particularly during the era of Great Wars, air travelling helped the statesmen a lot in entering into negotiations and reaching the conclusions.
However, there are critics who do not completely see the silver lining in the cloud. There are some negative impacts of the invention too. The critics view that airplane has caused noise pollution in human culture, and has created disturbances. Lazic & Golaszewski (2006) are of the opinion that the noise created by airplane has caused serious problems on nervous system of the people living adjacent to the airports and the areas where air flights are aptly observed. Since airplanes are telling upon the minds and nerves of people, they have accelerated the diseases and irritations in culture.
They suggest decrease in the frequency of air travelling to make the society healthy and peaceful. Otherwise, it may turn the people callous and irksome. Despite these observations, the airplane is a blessing to our society. To conclude, it becomes evident that airplane has brought revolutionary changes in the cultural aspects of human life. Almost all the inventions related to communications made after the advent of airplane have sought inspiration from this wonderful invention.
It has proved highly supportive in the fields of trade, commerce, education, health, employment, strategic management and business activities. The combination of global thinking from pole-apart areas has accelerated the pace of growth and development in the world. Now, the people of down-trodden African village are taking advantage of the inventions made in the most modern zone of the world. The exchange of cultural traits has given birth to the existence of multicultural social set ups.
These people belonging to different racial, ethnic, regional, religious and social background have formed societies that contain the individuals belonging to all parts of the world. The airplane has helped to launch us up, up, and away into the future. Works Cited Camplejohn, Emily. The Invention of Airplanes North Carolina Museum of History Office of Archives and History, N. C. Department of Cultural Resources 2006 2-5 Lazic, Aleksandra & Golaszewski, Richard. A Technical Note on Aircraft Noise and its cost to Society GRA Incorporated 2006 (Retrieved from http://www. readingtontwp. org/Aircraft-Noise. pdf)