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Has Mass Air Travel Made The World A Better Place?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

This seems to be an obvious question, and I think that it is easy to answer, but I'm still curious about the opinions of people on this Board. Has the age of air travel made the world a better place?

Consider, before you answer, that besides the beneficial aspects of bringing people together, it has become easier for those who intend harm to go from one region of the world to another. The transmission of diseases has also been facilitated in the age of jet airliners. Consider also the actual state of air travel today, with all its practical problems and issues.

Is the world better off today because of the ability of the middle class to travel by air than it was fifty or sixty years ago? Why or why not?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

[Edited 2006-06-07 23:03:51]

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User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Have you ever tried to do landscape photography when the sky is filled with airplane contrails? In that respect the world has become a much uglier place (with apologies to those who think contrails are beautiful  Smile ).

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

On the other hand, without contrails, what would Art Bell discuss on his show?

Seriously, though -- I think that there must still be places in the world where contrails aren't visible in outdoor photographs. Perhaps under the tree canopy in South America....


User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

I think Contrails are beautiful. Reminds me of longhaul flights and cockpit visits  Smile Well, Mass air travel has brought people together, and is a big component to economical infrastructure. And how many people work in the aviation business? A lot I think and know. Air travel brings works, airport, aircraft and makes the world smaller. The negative aspects are the injury on the environment. But, cleaner, efficient engines are making that to a minimum.

Just my cents.

Rgds.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

I think that overall, air travel has brought more benefits than harm to the world, and I think that the difference is overwhelming. Without air travel, I think that most countries would still view each other with suspicion and fear.

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 1):
Have you ever tried to do landscape photography when the sky is filled with airplane contrails?

A hundred years ago the sky was filled with smoke coming from steam locomotives, chimneys on houses, and smokestacks on factories.
It's just a part of the evolution of the species.

Mark


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Frankly, I can't wait until we have manned spaceships that can go from one planet to another. I hope NASA will achieve this goal in a relatively few years. (NASA intends to return astronauts to the Moon in 2014, and to use the technology developed for that purpose to eventually land them on Mars.)

When spaceships are invented that will move mass numbers of people between planets, I think that the problem of contrails will be somewhat worse than it is today. In that sense, we live in a relatively contrail-less age. So there is that to consider, as well....

Your point is an excellent one. And it reminds me of this: That in 2006, we can hardly imagine what life must have been like, eighty years ago, when the only means across the Atlantic^1 or Pacific was by ship, and the only practical way to travel expeditiously from the the East to West, and vice versa, in the United States was by rail.

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1. Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic from May 20 to May 21, 1927.

[Edited 2006-06-08 00:44:33]

User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 6):
When spaceships are invented that will move mass numbers of people between planets,

We still can't get more than 10 people per year up to low Earth orbit. I don't expect to see millions of people going to Mars any time soon.

The difference between air travel and space travel is that we don't abandon air travel after a plane crash.

I'd say that mass air travel has revolutionized shopping, at least for me. Being able to do a one-click on Amazon and have it the next day changes everything.  Smile


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 7):
We still can't get more than 10 people per year up to low Earth orbit. I don't expect to see millions of people going to Mars any time soon.

Oh, I agree. Maybe -- maybe -- space tourism (either suborbital or in Earth orbit) in the next twenty years. But interplanetary travel won't be "mass" in any way until some time in the next century, in my view.

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Being able to do a one-click on Amazon and have it the next day changes everything.

True enough. And you can get live Maine lobster for dinner on a European cruise because of air freight, as well. Delicious!

[Edited 2006-06-08 01:16:09]

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