How we saw the future of flying in 1945

The ocean barriers are down, the mountain ramparts are removed from the paths of transport. Flying has advanced from adventure to an ordinary fact of everyday life. War has telescoped time in the development of aviation. Peace must now use the advantages which are offered for the benefit of mankind.

The World Today Published 31 July 2015 Updated 14 December 2020 2 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

Predictions of how technology will change the way we live usually appear in hindsight to be embarrassingly wide of the mark. Where are those flying cars and jet packs? The internet revolution took the techno-seers by surprise.

The first look by The World Today, in its inaugural edition of July 1945, into the future of aviation was surprisingly astute as regards how wartime technological advances would change the world, even if the commercial reality has turned out very differently today.

Much of Europe was in ruins, but the foundations of a new era of international flight were well laid during the war, the arrival of the jet engine, large numbers of personnel trained in flying and aircraft design and a global network of runways where there were ‘formerly only deserts or coral islands’.

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