The other day my seven year old son, Max, asked me why I can’t take him on the Concorde. When I explained to him that Concorde had been retired in November 2003 I was met with the follow up question enquiring why there were supersonic jets when I was a kid, but none while he is a kid.
Answering this question was more of dancing the question that actually answering it.
Just after my Son asked about Concorde the Space Shuttle Discovery flew over Washington, DC … piggy backed atop of a 747-123/SCA, stripped of her engines, for her last flight, to her new home at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.
I sat with my son and showed him photos of Discovery and discussed how the Space Shuttle was essentially a massive glider once it reentered the atmosphere … and began pondering, what does the future hold for young airplane geeks?
The Airbus A380 is a massive aircraft and a breathtaking to stand beneath, the Boeing 787 is incredible and amazing to be just a few yards from as it puts its wheels down, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is fantastic in its technology and versatility … but only one of these new aircraft breaks the speed of sound and chances are neither my Son nor I will ever get to take flight in it … and none of these aircraft travel into space.
Of all the photos that sum up the question of what will young airplane geeks dream about, one stands out, a photo shot by Carolyn Russo and published by the National Air and Space Museum on the 17th of April.
Take a moment to look at the photo below and ponder why I had the Concorde and Space Shuttle as a kid … but my kids do not.