Test flight monkey
I have nothing but admiration for test pilots. I assume that nowadays the procedures and safety precautions are on a higher level than what they were in the “startup” phase of aviation. But it still takes guts to be the very first to get into a new machine and fly that thing.
I wonder if we will ever see those swashbuckling, gung-ho types of phases history again, or if those days are gone forever. Maybe someday there will be something similar in the field of space exploration. But it seems that the money, resources and manpower needed to advance in that area necessitate giant social structures and are prohibitive for the “little guy in the garage” type of operations.
Or maybe we’ll see a Star Trek style “Zefram Cochrane” invent a warp drive? Somehow I feel I won’t live to see that day. But I’m willing to be surprised! What are your thoughts on that subject?