(The following is an excerpt from my book, Prelude to a Super Airplane. It can be purchased by clicking on any of the roughly 400 banners adorning this site, or by clicking here. It’s also available on Amazon.
I’ve posted the first 20 chapters (roughly 55 pages of PTSA) on this site. Links to each of those are at the end of this post, or you can download all of them as a pdf by clicking here.
The father watched the future of airplane riding take off from the largest runway at Chicago O’Hair International Airplane Station.
He was but one among a massive crowd that was staring in awe at the beautiful, huge machine leaving the ground. Those who weren’t staring were cheering, because everything would be different now. The whole scene was beautiful and huge, and for the father, it was also sad.
It was sad because his two sons were aboard the future of airplane riding, and they, along with everyone else aboard, were going to die. This had to happen, the father knew, so that the flying car could take its rightful place as the future of airborne leisure and transportation.
The sounds coming from the future of airplane riding were thunderous, and booming, and also made a lot of noise. Gusts of wind caused by the launch of the beautiful machine made the piece of paper in the father’s hand twitter and flinch.
He looked at this paper, and the father felt regret, because this was his youngest son’s piece of paper.
In this moment, before his youngest son was about to die aboard the future of airplane riding, the father was sure the son wished he had the paper, or however that sentence was supposed to be worded.
The piece of paper was from a story his son had written. His youngest son had never written a story as epic, pretentious, and stupid as this one before, but now he had, and the father was quietly proud of this fact.
It was December 25th, 2012, and the father couldn’t help but think how he had come to be in this place, on this day when everything about airplane riding was going to change forever.
“Merry Christmas,” he said to himself.
Brad Radby’s Foreward, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 31