In the early days, the Wright Brothers once said that airplanes will never become a form of mass transportation. However, ever since the Jet Age, airplanes have been the preferred, and most popular method to travel long distances internationally. It is just amazing, when you think of it, that you can easily hop on an airplane in New York, and land at London less than 7 hours later, or even longer distances such as Singapore in just 19. Without the airplane, long-distance international travel would have almost been impossible because of the time needed to complete a journey. The airplane is truly one of the greatest inventions of all time, it symbolizes what humans are capable of, yet perhaps the most remarkable part of it would be the progress made, in just over 100 years since the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk. We went from tiny planes built out of wood, to the original piston-engined DC-3, to the turboprop airliners like the L-188 Electra, to the first jet planes such as the Comet and 707, and finally to state-of-the-art modern jetliners with cutting-edge technology like the A350. It is impossible to imagine what we have achieved over the years, and that is what makes airplanes one of the most fascinating creations of mankind.
On a personal note though, I have loved aviation for as long as I could remember, and a few years ago I was invited to the flight deck of a Boeing 777, I absolutely enjoyed every second of the visit, and that is what inspired me to become a pilot in the future. If things go as planned, I may be taking my introductory flight next year, and I really hope everything works out!