Maddalon, Dal V. Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, Virginia.
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- Elements of the air system
- Aircraft operator
- Aircraft manufacturer
- Airport terminal
- Air-traffic control system
- Evolution and characteristics
- Air fleet
- Technological advances
- Supersonic aircraft
- General aviation fleet
- Development of new aircraft
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The movement of passengers and cargo by aircraft such as airplanes and helicopters. Air transportation (Fig. 1) provides efficiency and value when long distances are traveled, high-value payloads are moved, immediate needs must be met, or surface terrain prevents easy movement or significantly raises transport costs. See also: Aircraft; Aviation
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