With all the well-deserved hoopla over the Apollo 11 anniversary, what's been overlooked is that 2019 is also the centennial of 4 significant aviation flights, developments stemming from which have had more impact on the average person than the moon landings.
First crossing of the Atlantic by air, west to east, by the Navy-Curtiss NC-4 flying boat with its crew of 6, from trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, to Lisbon, Portugal with stops in the Azores: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_NC-4
First non-stop crossing ditto, a Vickers Vimy crewed by two, from St. John's, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatla ... _and_Brown
First (lighter than air) east to west non-stop crossing from East Fortune, Scotland to Mineola, Long Island, and first two-way (lighter than air) crossing (Mineola to Pulham Royal Naval Air Station), both by the British R34 dirigible and a crew of 30, plus a stowaway and a kitten: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R33-class_airship
Anyone who's flown the Atlantic or any other ocean in a passenger airliner is benefiting from the fruits of those early labors.