by Satya S. Chakravorty
In 50 Words
* The heavily used U.S.
Air Force's C-130 Hercules requires regular
maintenance to continue
flying wartime and
* One team at a military
facility mixed and prioritized several quality
to retool how it repairs and restores this
* Improvements reduced
defects by 84% and
saved nearly $1.5 million.
MACHINES HAVE EVOLVED from prehistoric tools to sophisticated 21st century devices. Man has
been and always will be fascinated by machines and will
continue to dream about building something that does
what everyone thinks is impossible.
During the Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci designed a multitude of devices, including parachutes,
and studied the flight of birds and their structure. He
also romanticized concepts of flying machines in beautiful drawings.
In the late 1800s, science fiction novelist H.G. Wells
wrote about the concept of time travel in The Time Machine. He described a vehicle that "allows an operator to
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