Salon l'Aéronautique in 1910.
First commercial airplane flight
The first commercial transport flight with
an airplane took place on November 7, 1910, when Phil O. Parmalee
carried two bolts of silk on his Wright Model B from Dayton
to Columbus, Ohio. The world’s first air-freight shipment
was sponsored by the Morehouse-Martens Department Store as
a publicity event.
The first commercial airplane flight
Aeronautical trade shows
Even as the Wright brothers were still unveiling
their creation in 1908, the emerging aeronautical industry
began to publicly display its wares at what today we would
call trade shows. The first great one, the Salon l’Aéronautique,
was mounted in Paris in December 1908 and became an annual
event. Experimenters, producers of aircraft and engines, and
manufacturers of aeronautical accessories gathered in a lavish
setting not only to sell, but also to introduce the public
to the wonders of the new technology of flight.
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