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The 1920s were a time of changes in many areas of the American lifestyle Examplesinclude the changing roles of women the African American struggle for equality the changingsound of music new forms of literature growth of cities and the development of airplanes andtheir uses Major aircraft development started during World War I because America was strivingto be stronger than any other country War brought about the development of fighter and bomberairplanes machine guns were mounted onto planes because of their rapid firepower The UShad put a lot of money into such aircraft during the war so after the war was over and we hadwon people saw no need to develop aircraft any further since WWI was supposed to be the warto end all wars Around 1920 however people realized that WWI really hadnt put an end to allwars so the government saw a reason to put money into the development of aircraft again During the 1920s airplane design became more advanced and planes were used to fly mail andIn the early 1920s the Air Force was equipped with outdated WWI aircraft and anyreplacements they got adhered to the same basic design The only improvements were onessimilar to better radio equipment better instrumentation and oxygen for high altitude flying Much later on planes were being made out of metal instead of the former fabric stretched over awood frame design to increase service years of a plane and to reduce reliance on imported woodand fabric coverings There had been numerous attempts beforehand to make metal planes butthe first successful all metal plane was called Short Silver Streak Earlier most planes were abiplane layout with fixed tailwheel landing gear and two fixed machine guns In 1920 the WrightRB highwing monoplane racer was developed with retractable landing gear It wasnt until the1930s however that retractable landing gear appeared on anything but experimental or racingaircraft The greatest spurs of technological advancement were racing and record breaking Races such as the
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