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  • Fred Key (1909 - 1971)
    Fred and Al Key were brothers who performed barnstorming events and other activities during the early 20th century. They are best known for their flight endurance record, which they cemented at twent...
  • Al Key (1905 - 1976)
    Fred and Al Key were brothers who performed barnstorming events and other activities during the early 20th century. They are best known for their flight endurance record, which they cemented at twent...
  • Phoebe Omlie (1902 - 1975)
    Omlie was the first woman to receive an airplane mechanic's license, the first licensed female transport pilot, and the first woman to be appointed to a federal position in the aviation field. Du...
  • Thomas Heyward Gignilliat, Sr. (1863 - 1911)
    Thomas Heyward Gignilliat (1863-1911) was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of William Robert and Harriet W. Heyward Gignilliat. He received his early education in Savannah schools and graduated fro...
  • Arthur Middleton Young (1905 - 1995)
    Arthur Middleton Young (November 3, 1905 – May 30, 1995) was an American inventor, helicopter pioneer, cosmologist, philosopher, astrologer and author. Young was the designer of Bell Helicopter's fir...

Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation and use of aircraft, especially heavier than air aircraft. The word aviation was coined by French writer and former naval officer Gabriel La Landelle in 1863, from the verb avier (synonymous flying), itself derived from the Latin word avis ("bird") and the suffix -ation.