Aircraft may not seem to have changed much in the past few decades, but within the last half-century advances in how they are manufactured have been as great as the evolution in aircraft production over the first 50 years of aviation. And the technology hidden inside continues to evolve as industry drives down costs. Wood and Wire The wood frame, wire bracing and fabric skin of the Wright 1903 Flyer set the mold for aircraft structures in the first decades of powered flight. Weight was the ...

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