Description: Of the many remarkable inventions produced during the twentieth century, none exerted so powerful or lasting a hold on the human imagination as the airplane. As a transportation technology, a weapon of war, and a symbol of political power as well as personal liberation, the airplane was a vital element in the emergence of the modern world. Beginning with an investigation of the meanings of flight in ancient mythology and concluding with a discussion of the state of aviation and space technology in the early twenty-first century, “History of Flight Culture” provides students with a cross-cultural, multi-media survey of flight’s social, cultural, political, and military impact on world history. Among the numerous topics that will be addressed in this course are: the physics of flight; the impact of aviation on twentieth-century art; the development of civil and commercial aviation; cinematic images of flying; the airplane as an instrument of war, and contemporary developments in the aviation industry. Passengers who successfully complete the journey will disembark with a better understanding of the role of the airplane as an agent of social and political transformation as well as a greater understanding of the centrality of specific cultural factors in contributing to technological development and modernization around the globe.
To get started, please click the “Welcome Aboard” link under the “Flight (Blog)” heading in the LH column of this page.
About this Web Site: History of Flight Culture is part of the growing network of sites comprising Scott Palmer’s On-line Knowledge Emporium™ (SPOKE™). It is the central hub and on-line repository for browsing materials, media resources, instructional policies, the class blog, and other virtual information specifically related to the meat-world course of the same name. If you are among the lucky masses currently enrolled in “History of Flight Culture,” this site contains everything you require for a successful and enjoyable journey. Please be sure to check-in regularly during the semester as the contents of this site will be updated on a frequent basis.