Being interested in science (and things that go fast), I was fascinated by the development of an SST—a supersonic transport. Would America go ahead with plans to create one? Eventually, our plans were shelved, partly to the budget concerns that still plague us today, as well as environmental concerns. However, the British and the French went ahead and built the first SST which they named the Concorde. It was a grand plane with swept back wings and a needle-like nose that drooped for better visibility during landing!
It is a shame that one of the other casualties of September 11, 2001 was the age of Supersonic Transport via the Concorde. They had just started flying again after the tragic crash in Paris when 9/11 shook the aviation industry. The business falloff led to the decision to retire these elegant and incredible machines. However, I've read recently that some companies are talking about resurrecting the idea of supersonic transport, with new advanced designs. Perhaps the day will come again when commercial flights are available that arrive before the time you departed.