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By Jenifer Van Vleck

From the flights of the Wright brothers during the mass trips of the jet age, airplanes encouraged american citizens to reimagine their nation's position in the global. Now, Jenifer Van Vleck finds the critical position advertisement aviation performed within the usa' upward thrust to international preeminence within the 20th century. As U.S. army and financial impact grew, the government partnered with the aviation to hold and convey American strength around the globe and to promote the very suggestion of the "American Century" to the general public at domestic and abroad.

Invented on American soil and greatly seen as a logo of nationwide greatness, the plane promised to increase the frontiers of the U.S. "to infinity," as Pan American global airlines president Juan Trippe stated. because it speeded up the worldwide stream of U.S. capital, patron items, applied sciences, guns, pop culture, and services, few locations remained far away from the impact of Wall road and Washington. Aviation promised to safe a brand new kind of empire--an empire of the air rather than the land, which emphasised entry to markets instead of the conquest of territory and made the full global America's sphere of influence.

By the overdue Sixties, besides the fact that, international airways and governments have been hard America's keep an eye on of worldwide airlines, and the family aviation hit turbulent instances. simply because the background of industrial aviation is helping to give an explanation for the ascendance of yankee strength, its next demanding situations mirror the bounds and contradictions of the yank Century.

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