This morning I was building a model airplane. It was a Bendix model of a 747 that Boeing produced back in 1972. I was a kid when the full sized plane came out. I remember reading about it in Aviation Times. It had a thick transparent lucite lid that allowed passengers to to look up at the sky at night and see amazingly clear stars. During day flights people would lay their seats back and enjoy the sunlight on their faces.

I was a dumb kid and I didn’t understand why the plane had to have a lid. I thought it would have been great to have the top be open air. I imagined birds would fly by and land on your lap. You could pet them. And if you were lucky enough, the bird wouldn’t fly away and you could take it home after you landed.

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