March 10, 2005
Underground Airports For Future Air Traffic
"The proposed subterranean terminals doing away with the primitive, dangerous nuisances of the present day flying fields."
OK, I'm a sucker for this sort of thing (and it's a good break from thinking about the checkride). It's from a great little transportation futures exhibition just up the road in Berkeley that I unfortunately missed last year. The sections on commercial aviation and helicopters strike a strong chord with me; and the Oddities section has a bunch of just great stuff, not least of which is the "Escape pods can prevent needless air-crash deaths!" page from March 1960's Mechanix Illustrated. Oh, and there's a very futuristic-looking rendering of my local BART station as envisaged in the 1960's. Kewl! Nothing dates quite as quickly as The Future, I guess. Just be thankful we're not (yet) sitting on these things on the LA / SFO shuttle (as they say, "When leg room is not an issue, seats may be much closer together"):