I'm recently back from my vacation, part of which was spent in Virginia Beach. One reason we went there was to attend the annual Oceana Naval Air Station Air Showwhere the Grumman F-14 would make its last public flight demonstration.
My first engineering job was as a flight test engineer on the prototype aircraft program in the '70s, so it was a nostalgia trip for me. After the last two squadrons finish their final carrier cruise next year, the venerable Tomcat will be retired in favor of later model, although less capable, fighters that are easier to maintain and program, thanks in large part to more up-to-date electronics systems.
All this got me thinking about how far automotive technology has come in the last 35 years or so. My 1973 Saab, which seemed the epitome of technology when new, is now rather crude and almost featureless compared to today's vehicles thanks to state-of-the-art, microprocessor-based automotive electronics available on even lower cost car models-- particularly in the areas of safety, and engine and emissions control. And the least reliable cars of today are way ahead of the best models of that era.
While the "good old days" may have had some cool cars, how many of us would still want to drive them day in and day out?