The theory of flight is an ancient one. Stories of flying machines and flying mythical creatures abound in ancient myths and legends. The most famous one is about a father and son escaping imprisonment by fashioning wings out of wax. These ideas eventually led to a science of flight.
The first flight occurred on December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk and was piloted by Orville Wright. However, before the Wright brothers even attempted to build an airplane, they studied the science of flight. Not only did they study the earlier attempts at flight, but they studied any information that had been previously gathered.
Before the first airplane was built and flown, many attempts were made to keep man in the air. These attempts included a number of odd looking contraptions, and though some did not stand a chance of working, all of them proved to further the science. Some of these early machines led to the invention of the glider and the hot air balloon.
Leonardo Da Vinci, for example, was famous for his designs and theories on the science of flight. In fact, one of his designs called the Ornithopter may be credited for leading to the design of the modern helicopter. His fascination with the science of flight makes him as important in the history of science as he is in the history of art.
The science of flight had a long beginning. However, in the last couple of centuries it has started to take on speed. The science of flight has come from the invention of the airplane to sending rockets and shuttles into outer space.
During the development of the science of flight, many uses have been found for these advancements. I couldn't imagine fight a war without aircraft. It is also hard to imagine a corporate world stuck to traveling abroad by boat.