It is a delight to read a story about progress, rather than the usual stuff about the wonders of wind turbines and green jobs. I have long regretted not having the opportunity to fly in the Concorde. I like the final paragraph
Industry observers believe there is a demand for supersonic planes. Larry Ellison, the Oracle software founder, and the actor Tom Cruise have both said they want to fly one.
Samuel J. also wants to fly in one of these supersonic planes (or even hypersonic, flight which is more than 5.5 times the speed of sound in such proposed technologies as a scramjet). What a change to life in the world would occur once reliable and inexpensive transportation at speeds of this level are deployed. Shall we visit the Great Pyramid this afternoon followed by afternoon tea in Venice and dinner in Melbourne?