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What Would Someone From The Past Think.....?

Tue May 01, 2001 4:37 am

I know it's a question we have all pondered. What if someone from the mid or late 19th century or even early 20th century think of todays modern air travel industry, if they were transported from their daily life, to this date 2001?? The technology, planes, airports, the fact that BILLIONS of people fly every year??
Please, this is meant to be serious. So do your best to give a good opinion, thought etc. This is meant to be thought pravoking(spelling??).
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RE: What Would Someone From The Past Think.....?

Tue May 01, 2001 5:18 am

I have been thinking about that one sometime too. I often thinking what would the Wright Brothers look at this today. I am sure that two guys gonna to be extremely proud at thier accomplishment that ended up to be farthest to moon walk. I would just love to see the reaction of thier looks at alot of planes especially 747 that weight 100X more than their first flight aircraft.
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RE: What Would Someone From The Past Think.....?

Tue May 01, 2001 5:57 am

I often wonder what people of the 19th century or before would think. For instance, take a clever person like James Watt, and give him a $4 digital watch. He could figure out what it does, but he would never be able to find out HOW it works. I'm thinking of what we will see in about 50 years, when most of us have retired.


RE: What Would Someone From The Past Think.....?

Tue May 01, 2001 6:26 am

Even better... think about how Robert Six, Tom Braniff, C.R. Smith, Juan Tripp and how many more great aviation pioneers would view the world of aviation today. Think about going from a prop to aircraft that are double levels (Airbus but include 747 too), even one that might be able to transport people at speed of sound (Boeing new concept but Concorde as well).
What about the demise of Pan Am, Eastern, TWA (to a degree), who would of thought any of these airlines spoken about in the past tense. Aviation gone from world of glamour to mass transit. Often I think if some of the orignal pioneers were still around and placed in the position to solve the aviation problem, they could! This is what I think about. I'm sure the Wright Brothers would be as amazed but I think of the pioneers who built the original aviation plan called commercial aviation, the original business idea of flying passengers. The idea of flying when flying was something more then a cheap ticket and bag of peanuts.
Being a huge fan of the original Braniff, I read stories of how some of the Braniff employees, in the days after they ceased operations, would go out to DFW and just stare out the windows, amazed that Braniff was gone. I believe many of the original aviation pioneers would suffer from this same syndrome of shock. First, shocked at how far we have come with technology in aviation, and second, shock with amazement at how much the business has changed. It's not the same anymore. Aviation then and now, in my honest opinion, is drastically different, and as much as I can see how aviations has gotten better, I believe it has gotten worse in other areas too.
I don't want to end this post on a negative, I just think it would be great to bring back the originals, have them sit down and then begin to tell us whats wrong or what are we doing wrong. To again see the original Flying Colors... Wow, this is a great question... Makes my mind think.....

Anyway, great, great, great question. I could write all day but I will stop for now....

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RE: What Would Someone From The Past Think.....?

Tue May 01, 2001 11:40 am

This topic is not serious at all. It's meant to be funny! Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: What Would Someone From The Past Think.....?

Tue May 01, 2001 1:03 pm

Fan_I_Am; I understand you. I'll feel the same way when all the TWA tails at my local airport (JFK) dissapear and that the only thing that is left are the shells of the TWA Terminal. I'm really going to miss those TWA tails. I had remembered flying TWA as a child in happier times when I would fly with my parents to LHR on their 747-100s or L-1011s. My dad used to fly them to BOM when TW served that route for a short time but pulled out due to lack of profitablitiy due to rough competition from BA, AI and PA. but he loved that airline; Hell we all did. Even though we all thought the name was a joke even back in their heyday because they did not serve the world like other airlines an had very little Pacific routes and had pulled out of Round the World flights because other airlines were kicking their tail. But they had a good product and the employees knew on how to treat you well.

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