The world of aviation has been advancing at an astonishing rate since the Wright Flyer took off in 1903. Piloted by Orville Wright the first heavier-than-air aircraft was constructed by him and his brother Wilbur from wood and canvas. Powered by a 12 horsepower petrol engine, the plane flew for 12 seconds, 10 feet off the ground before landing 120 feet away.
66 years later man was walking on the moon!
For decades engineers have been pushing the boundaries of science by designing machines from materials not yet available. It is predominantly the availability of suitable building materials, not lack of innovation, which limits aerospace development. As such engineers and material scientists have been working hard ever since the birth of flight to create new aircraft structures.