“Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.” ~Igor Sikorsky
This is a video of a Thai airways 747-400 departing from Stockholm, Sweden.
This airplane has a maximum takeoff weight of about 875,000 pounds, which works out to around 437 tons.
It will take off and scream into the sky at thousands of feet per minute. It will cruise around six miles above the surface of the earth and carry its load for 8,000 miles before it has to come back to terra firma.
This is nothing short of amazing…and yet, we all act like we’re just riding the bus.
Aeronautics is a science, and it is an industry; but in my mind, it is also quite a miracle.