A German man named Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized the world when he perfected a way to mass-produce publications with the printing press.
Before then, copies of books were hand-written. Carpel-tunnel diem, as they say, Gutenberg's invention seized the moment to streamline the way people around the world got their news and knowledge.
Newspapers became the medium of news distribution, playing instrumental roles in the progression of many societies. Newer inventions, such as radio and television, have taken their toll on newspapers, but one medium has found a way to combine the instant broadcast capability of radio and TV with the permanence of the printed word: the internet.
Newspaper companies are exploring the possibilities of the internet, and are utilizing the instant convenience of internet distribution.
We here at the Capital Flyer are focusing on the future as well as we print our last page June 29. The 11th Wing Public Affairs office is scheduled to retire the Capital Flyer base newspaper and turn our full attention toward our electronic outlets; the Andrews website, Facebook page and Twitter feed and our Youtube channel.
We will also send out a weekly e-mail newsletter with links to all the latest Team Andrews news and feature stories, photos and videos.
For those who prefer the sensory experience that only the feel and smell of newsprint can deliver, don't fret. Our friends at DC Military, who have been printing and delivering the Capital Flyer for several years, will roll out a new newspaper in July that will include news from Andrews and the surrounding community.
This laying to rest of the Capital Flyer is a solemn affair for all of us here at the 11 WG Public Affairs. For our final issue, we will go through the archives and bring you a retrospective look at some of our best and most interesting stories printed throughout the years.
The Capital Flyer Staff