Astronautical Science and Technology Marching Toward the 21st Century,
NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Aeronautical science and technology AST has become one of the most active and the most influential disciplines in the 20th century for the understanding of man and transformation of natural processes. Since the short flight of the first powered and maneuverable airplane by the Wright brothers early in this century, mans age-old dream of flying in the atmosphere has eventually become a reality. Following decades of exploration and struggle by several generations of outstanding personalities, aeronautics as a science and technology has rapidly progressed with continuous upgrading of aircraft performances. Aeronautical weapons and equipment have become the most important tool for the defeat of the enemy in the modern warfare aircraft have become an indispensable means of transportation for the national economy and peoples livelihood a prosperous aeronautical industry is a vital mark of scientific progress and industrial development of the world nations.