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The Road to the Future… Is Paved With Good Inventions

We bring you 10 great ideas that made flying safer, easier, or just a whole lot more fun.

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in a 600-mph death spiral at 15,000 feet, what’s the most important thing in the cockpit? Possibly the ejection seat handle. Though World War II aircrews had backpack parachutes, over-the-side bailouts frequently resulted in injury or death. But after the German government developed an ejection system in 1939 (and the Swedish, British, and U.S. governments followed suit), survival rates dramatically improved.
 

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