My greatest travel “regret” is, and perhaps always will be, that I never flew Concorde.
There are all sorts of documentaries on Concorde: the program’s history, the political fights, and the Air France crash that eventually led to retirement. I enjoy watching all of those: I am an av-geek after all.
But what I like most are reading and watching trip reports, much like I try to provide when I sample a new product. I stumbled upon the video below and appreciated it for essentially capturing the trip how I would.
I also appreciate the captain’s commentary.
There’s something about seeing 57,000 feet and Mach 2.0 that makes me thing we have taken a step back. I was speaking to my business partner about Concorde yesterday and he said he would never give up his lie-flat beds to save a few hours, especially with wi-fi and telephone service now onboard.
That’s a fair point, but there is nothing like flying from London to New York in under three hours.
The good news is a second generation of supersonic aircraft are coming. Hopefully we will see a return to quick oceanic crossings again in the next decade, potentially even faster than Concorde.
Are you looking forward to that day or happy to remain on a conventional aircraft where you can stretch out and sleep longer?
image: Clemens Vasters / Wikimedia Commons