It was only a little over a hundred years ago that a bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Rev. Milton Wright, claimed that God had reserved flight for birds and angels. (I dunno. I guess he never noticed gnats and mosquitoes.)
His sons, Wilbur and Orville, built their first airplane in their bicycle repair shop and flew it for the first time on December 17, 1903.
Just 111 years later, a four-engine Boeing 747-400 in a high density, one-class configuration can carry as many as 660 passengers, cruising at Mach 0.85–0.855 (up to 570 mph or 920 km/h), as far as 8,350 mi (13,450 km) across oceans, continents, or the north pole.
An Airbus A380 can seat up to 853 people. The F22 Raptor fighter cruises at 1,070 mph (1,725 km/h).
The newspaper says 61,000 people are airborne over the United States in any average hour now. The progress in air travel is absolutely stupendous!