The underlying factor being greed. We are consumers, not survivors. We lack the knowledge, determination, resolve, and courage of our grandfathers. Our undoing is by our own hand, while refusing any part of this disaster. We blame politicians and the rich, but it's our fault for letting it happen.
I will never forget a conversation I had with my ex wife back in 2000. I worked for ATA and we just got back from MDW to DFW for pizza. We saw all the American aircraft. She knew my gripes about AA and why I left. She said, "one day, they'll be in trouble." I told her she's was crazy. Well, I'm man enough to admit she was right.
You're absolutely right. The hardest question humans face is the purpose of it all. I personally think the purpose is to learn, and we cannot learn as long as we ignore past generations, the ones with valuable information. I only have to guess this is a result of an instant gratification generation. You were raised when information was not as available. You were informed by great men like Kronkite etc. Now it's all propaganda. This is why I think my generation has such a cynical view.
When I was with Eagle, the 72 was the best A/C we had. As a scheduler, the crews LOVED them because it had two attendants instead of one like the 42 or SF3. There were no jets then, and the Shorts 360 were being retired in the Caribbean. I loved the aircraft of that time. Flying from DFW to SJT on a day off only to eat Chinese food at Mathis Field, as we'll as take orders for food from AE rampers and agents was a blast. I'd take the same plane back so their food was still a little warm. Plus, flying on a SF3 to West Texas in the summer was so much fun! Passengers would clench their armrests lol! Oh man as an ex scheduler I have TONS of stories! Ones that will scare, ones that are hilarious. We're talking infidelity etc.
Articles like yours are perfect for those like me. I'll be getting my Sport license in March, but have been reading articles like yours, as we'll as tons of stuff from AOPA's training magazine for we'll over a decade. I thank people like you with actual experience, because it helps my knowledge and confidence. It's why I joined FA to begin with.
Well let me apologize on behalf of my generation. For some reason, my generation thinks that the experienced people in life have no valid opinion, or have anything to teach. They are wrong. Especially when it comes to flying, and real tangible things like flying are an invaluable resource to more experienced people.
I hate to see these things retired. It was always a dream to fly on one, so when I was with AA in the 90's, I flew to Montreal and got an ID90 on a 744 with Air Canada and flew on this gorgeous beast to Calgary. Spent the night and came home to DFW.
Don't you think that's a disadvantage though? A team used to cold climates vs a team used to warmer climates, PLAYING in the cold? That gives an advantage. Wouldn't be fair to the Dolphins to bust their butts (hypothetically) to play a Super bowl in freezing temps against a team used to it. A temperate climate means balance. If the Dolphins got to the SB, even by beating northern teams during the cold in the playoffs, it's still not right they would have to go all that way to play Green Bay in a blizzard. Hypothetically. :-)
Apple is a good example. They are struggling to keep up. They got complacent by thinking marketing to kids and hipsters would keep them competitive without innovation. Their stock dive proves otherwise.