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Santiago Morales 1.3 Aviation Impacts on World Events

Santiago Morales
Aviation Legislation
Aviation’s Impact on World Events
Beyond the obvious change in aviation security, what other impacts did the use of
aviation on 9/11/01 have worldwide that are still influential today?
The tragic events that took place on September 11 of 2001 changed forever aviation
in several ways, especially when it comes to security procedures after it was clearly
evident that there was not enough enforcement to avoid this kind of situation from
happening. However, there were some repercussions left from this episode that
affected other areas beyond aviation security.
The advantages that posed having the ability to attack the enemy from above, being
able to perform a more extensive reconnaissance, and targeting specific objectives
on the ground were simply just too great the be left unexploited. Due to the possibility
of having "eyes in the sky" to monitor the enemy´s actions, it became a huge liability
that needed to be counteracted. This fueled a development stage were aircraft
reached new heights in maneuverability and engine output, allowing for more
complex and heavier weapons to be carried in the air, thus enabling German forces
to begin with long-range bombing. From that point on, an entire structure of aerial
warfare was created that thrived by aiming specific targets that would significantly
affect and compromise the enemy´s capability to respond; "the purpose being to
destroy essential elements of the enemy’s war capability by bombing factories,
transportation and supply networks, and even centres of government" (Maclsaac,
The scale of these advancements required major industrial improvements that
allowed the production of hundreds of thousands of aircrafts, weapons and engines,
and the technological development to support this growth. With the start of long-haul
and transoceanic flying while evolving mail routes, came the darker side of the XX
century, when all of these innovations were put into the spotlight when the nuclear
bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place. By this point the use of aviation as
a war resource was proven multiple times and was paving the way to become the
principal instrument and weaponry for actual conflicts. It is worth mentioning how this
has enabled parties to reduce manpower usage during the attacks by creating
unmanned flying drones that efficiently carry out very damaging
Developing advancements