August 29, 2013,10:00 +0900(JST) Wright Flyer
The other day, after a meeting held in my office, one of the meeting members indicated one object, asking me, "What is that?"
It was a model of the Wright Flyer designed and built by the Wright brothers. At the North American Top Executives' Conference held in July, this model was presented to me from participants. In 1903, the Wright brothers succeeded in a manned powered flight in North Carolina, the venue of the North American Top Executives' Conference. In the photo, the aircraft is heading ahead to the right, and you can see a small doll lying on the wing, which I heard represents how the brothers actually flew the plane.
In those days, even after being informed of the successful flight, few scientists and newspaper reporters believed the success immediately, saying that machine cannot have flown because it was heavier than air. This implies that the aircraft was an invention that defied conventional common wisdom. Far from that, considering the influence that the aircraft subsequently has had on society, it was not just an invention, but a dramatic innovation.
On the model's pedestal is stated, "Flight to Vision 2017." The basic concept of our group's mid-term management plan VISION 2017 is innovation. I hope that, following the example of the Wright brothers, our group will also generate innovation that will contribute greatly to society.