⏩This Boeing 747 airborne aircraft carrier concept was (amazingly) not a joke.
🔙Back in the early 1970s, Boeing actually pitched the 747 AAC to the US military as a means of launching, refueling, recovering, rearming, and re-launching ten "microfighters" from an airborne 747-200.
⚫️On a recent Reddit thread, someone pointed out that the concept closely resembles the drawings he made at age 6 or 7.
I like to imagine that a Boeing exec's kid left his drawings out on the kitchen table one morning, only to be swept up into dad's briefcase as he left for work.
🔛Upon arriving at the office, dad tosses the pile of papers over to his secretary, who dutifully forwards them to the marketing department, where they are professionally redrawn and integrated into the new quarterly budgeting plan.
🔜Later that week, at the board presentation, dad turns white as he observes Timmy's professionally-rendered drawings presented to the entire board of directors.
Not wanting to admit a mixup of such epic proportions had occurred, he remains silent and sweats as he nervously gauges their reactions.
Incredibly, the board is impressed. Clapping him on the back, they congratulate him for "thinking outside the box", approve the project for the initial stages of development, and hint that his end-of-year bonus may be the largest ever if the project comes to fruition.
🔚Not quite sure how to feel, he drives home in a silent euphoria. Upon getting home, he pours himself a bourbon, plops into his recliner, and stares into space, wondering what other industry-transforming miracles Timmy has stashed away in his backpack.