If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music and of aviation.
What the history of aviation has brought in the 20th century should inspire us to be inventors and explorers ourselves in the new century.
In the coming era of manned space exploration by the private sector, market forces will spur development and yield new, low-cost space technologies. If the history of private aviation is any guide, private development efforts will be safer, too.
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
The history of art is the history of revivals.