I got to thinking...There was a thread today about Lockheed Martin possibly returning to the airliner business. I got a little excited because I was expecting to see a supersonic design as I was thinking perhaps of an oversize F-16 Anyway, I was quite disappointed to see another fuel efficient monstrosity.
I was one of the few travelers who got to fly Concorde, after the fuel tank grounding. Regardless of all the negativity toward Concorde, there was nothing more refreshing than arriving at LHR in 3 hours from New York. Meanwhile, nearly ten years later, I have just returned from Asia and it was grueling 24 hour trip that I am still recovering from a few days later. Here we are in 2011 and the chances of seeing another supersonic airliner seem to have dwindled to nothing and you really wonder why progress has completely come to a standstill. Even aviation publications don't seem to talk about it anymore. Have the damn environmentalists of the world really put a stop to the dreams of flying supersonic ever again? Aside from the high development costs that we know are associated with such a venture, why isn't any entity even discussing this anymore? I travel long haul quite frequently and as I am getting older, I am getting less and less tolerant to the subsonic flying experience as ambien is now becoming my best travel partner!