On Wednesday, May 11, Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University brought together industry experts, leaders, and innovators to weigh in on the future of flight at an event in DC and to answer the question – “Why Does It Still Take 5 Hours to Fly Cross-Country?”
We like to talk about the dizzying rate of technological change these days, but when it comes to intercity travel, we’re stuck back in 1959, when the 707 made its inaugural trans-continental flight. Why is that? And are we now on the eve of startling innovations in flying, or will it still take five hours to fly across the country in 2059?
Full video of the event below and check out the Future Tense website here for many great articles and a listing of upcoming events.
Also, see a few joint plane/train historic timetables here.