Can Richard Branson & A Former Amazon Exec Bring Back Supersonic Flight?
By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
The Concorde supersonic airliner provided a service between London Heathrow and New York's JFK airport for almost 30 years and was retired in 2003. Now, a partnership between Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon executive Blake Scholl is planning to re-introduce the service with a new design of aircraft, that will once again connect the two cities with a 3.5 hour link.
It is amazing to think about how fast supersonic flight really is! It was once possible to cross the Atlantic in less time than it would take to drive from London to Manchester, or from New York to Boston. In fact sometimes it may even take 4 hours just to get from one side of these city's to the other!
Mr Scholl, is quoted in this article from the Guardian as saying that one of his motivations for the project is that he never got the chance to fly on Concorde;
“I started this because I was sad that I never got to fly on Concorde. I waited but no one was doing it, so I decided to,”
What this teaches us about legends and their human spirit is that once they have a dream, a vision or an idea, then they will work out a way to make that happen, regardless of what problems they may face. They take responsibility for making the visions they have a reality, and then seek out others who are doing the same, or have the same passions as them. Both of these men, Sir Richard and Blake Scholl, have risen to the top of their respective professions because they have had a clear idea of what they want to achieve, and what they need to do to get there.
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