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....
Fan_I_Am (of the way airlines were)