My activity as an aerospace designer spans exactly half the period in question. Fifty years ago, as a nine-year-old, I began picking up pieces of wrecked model airplanes and scrap materials, forming them into new shapes with the intent of satisfying my curiosity about their airworthiness. That age is the most formative time in our lives, when we make those inner decisions about what is important, what is fun. This is the age when we acquire the burning desire to learn the skills that will ...

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