|Waiting to return to the sky
Hong Kong, China
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I find it amazing how different vehicles can be so specifically designed for a given environment that it's hard to imagine any other form factor ever replacing them. As I stared at this lineup of Cathay Pacific aircraft in the early morning sun, I wondered about their unique layout, first defined over half a century ago in the first generation of swept wing aircraft with jet engines hanging from pods underneath their wings.
Today's planes are light-years removed technologically from those first 707s, of course, but the ancestral connection is clear, and the brilliant minds who created those early commercial jets were visionaries indeed.
Parallel shapes, for sure. But also parallel connections to folks who long ago, without the benefit of supercomputers or the Internet, crafted machines that conquered the sky for generations to come. I wonder if they knew where their work would end up.
Your turn: Jerry Seinfeld once asked, "What's the deal with airplane food?" So I'll ask, "What's the deal with airplanes? Why the appeal?"