Evolution Of Military Aviation

By Andrew Prince

Since the Wright brothers first flew the Wright Flyer on the hills near Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903, planes have become more robust, agile and deadly. As the U.S. engaged in conflicts around the world, beginning in World War I, military aircraft became increasingly complicated, combining the latest aviation technology with modern firepower. Below, a brief trip through the evolution of U.S. air power.

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Sources: U.S. Military, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, U.S. Department of State, Smithsonian Institution

Credits: Andrew Prince/NPR

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