The course is designed to present the development of aviation as a technological, economic, political and social phenomenon. The development of aviation from man’s earliest desire to fly to the leading edge technologies of today will be traced. The developments in the area of aeronautics, aerodynamics, power plants, navigation and avionics, and materials will be examined. The interaction of economic, administrative, political and social events with developments in aviation will be covered. The development of aviation in Turkey, which has been grossly neglected, will also be addressed. Audio-visual means and historical aviation artifacts will be used extensively. The course aims at broadening the perspectives of the students to economic, managerial, political and social issues regarding aviation. The course is open to all departments and this will bring students from different disciplines together for a common interest.