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The History of the Airport
Airport, Airline, and Luggage Innovations
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Inside an airport, your bag moves through an amazing system. Learn about these high-speed carts and conveyers.
How Airports Work

Airports are amazing "mini-cities," providing services to all sorts of people and companies.
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History of Airplanes
By Mary Bellis

Airport and Airline Trivia

  • On March 8, 1994, Don Ku was granted a patent for wheeled suitcase with a collapsible towing handle.
  • The Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC , could have been performed within the (150-foot) economy section of a 747-400.
  • Before Air Traffic Control Towers were developed, pilots avoided other aircraft by a method called "see and be seen".
  • Prior to 1926, a person could fly passengers or goods without obtaining a pilot’s license.
  • The first animal aviators were a sheep, a duck and a cockerel that were sent aloft in a hot air balloon in 1783.
  • "Air stewardess" was the official title given to the position that we now refer to as "Flight Attendant". The first Air Stewardess was Ellen Church and she began work with United Airlines in May 1930.
  • Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo. In 1935, Earhart, achieved two solo firsts-Hawaii to the mainland and Mexico to New York City.
  • Elizabeth Dole was the first woman to become Secretary of Transportation.
  • Harriett Quimby was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license. The year was 1911.
World's First Airline
The first airline to hold a scheduled service was the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line. The service began in the winter of 1914. One or two passengers sat on wooden seats, and enjoyed fresh Florida air and salt spray in their faces.

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