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        Infographic Histories of Passenger Air Travel

        These ten infographics, which are part of the interactive feature 100 Years of Passenger Air Travel, tell the stories of advances that have occurred over the century in aircraft design, passenger experience, safety innovations, social impact, and environmental issues. This gallery version is provided for teachers and students who want to view or download the individual stories outside of the context of the full interactive. Screen-reader-accessible versions are in the interactive feature. This resource is part of the Aerospace Engineering collection.

        Air Traffic Control; 1920-1975

        Follow the evolution of air traffic control, which coordinates the movement of aircraft in our airports and skies.

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        In-flight Service; 1920-1975

        Track the evolution of airline passenger services, from early stewards and stewardesses, who attend to baggage and safety, to the high-fashion cabin attendants of the jet age.

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        Cruising: Faster, Farther, Higher, Larger; 1927-1970

        Follow the 20th century engineering design and structural innovations that resulted in several revolutionary passenger aircraft that made key breakthroughs in speed, range, ceiling, and capacity.

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        Democratization and Globalization of Flight; 1958-Present

        Trace how commercial jetliners have helped "shrink" the world for passengers and trade.

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        Reducing Noise; 1960-Present

        The Jet Age ushered in dramatic increases in air traffic and resulting noise, but the past 50 years have seen many efforts to improve the situation.

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        Express Air Delivery: 1973-Present

        Trace the introduction and extraordinary growth of overnight and other express air delivery services for businesses and consumers.

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        The Glass Cockpit; 1982-Present

        In the 1980's, computerized displays began to change the way that pilots could control and monitor their aircraft.

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        Climate Conscious: 1990-Present

        Concern for the environment has led the aviation industry to see ways to reduce its impact on climate change.

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        Composite Materials; 1990-Present

        Until recently, most aircraft were built out of aluminum. The newest models use composites, lighter-weight materials that combine fibers and resins to create a strong substance.

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        Airport Security; 2001-Present

        in response to emerging global threats. the 21st century passenger experience, from ticket purchase through takeoff, has come to include new procedures and equipment designed to safeguard travelers' security.

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