I was puzzled to read (Wikipedia article on situational awareness) that:
The term can be traced to World War I, where it was recognized as a crucial skill for crews in military aircraft.
but in the next paragraph:
There is evidence that the term Situational Awareness was first employed at the Douglas Aircraft Company during Human Factors Engineering research while developing vertical and horizontal situation displays and evaluating digital-control placement for the next generation of commercial aircraft.
and then the next:
Situation awareness appears in the technical literature as early as 1983
I imagine that the concept found work in understanding piloting very early on; what is the history of the term in aviation?