Damn Rich People: Plane Designed With Two Elevator Seats That Rise To A Personal Bubble Atop The Plane

December 14, 2015


This is aerospace engineering firm Windspeed's conceptual SkyDeck system. It consists of two special seats that rise above the cabin via a personal elevator so you can peek out of a clear dome atop the plane. Plus the chairs rotate all the way around so you can fly facing backwards if you want. Allegedly one aircraft manufacturer has already signed on to produce an airplane with the SkyDeck system. Alternatively, JetBlue can just strap me to a wing like I've always dreamed of.

A spacious, aerodynamic dome on top provides unprecedented views of the skies surrounding the aircraft for two privileged passengers. Windspeed guarantees the material used for the dome is as strong as the rest of the plane, and will easily survive extreme weather conditions and other impacts, such as birdstrikes.

Ahahahhaha, I'm sure the dome will be strong enough to survive a bird hitting it, but if you're sitting in that seat when it happens will YOU survive? I can't imagine a bird exploding in front of your face at 500MPH will cause any less than four heart attacks. *clutching heart* I'm just sitting here at my desk at work and I'm getting heart palpitations even thinking about it. "Your heart is on the other side." Not mine, God made me special. "God made you so everyone else feels better about themselves." That's probably true.

Keep going for a video of the company's walk-up version because, come on, even some rich people will admit the elevator is overkill.

Thanks to Douglas V, who wants to be duct taped to the nose of the plane like a real thrill seeker.

  • shashi

    seems like a real drag

  • Gordon Freeman

    This would be awesome if I was tripping my face off.

  • Mile high club has now become Mile and ten feet high club.

  • ProphetFlume

    So now the rich get their own intercontinental angry dome? The injustice makes me want to scream BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE TO DO IT.

  • Perfect mile high location. Windspeed (Ludicrous
    Speed wanna be) has the absolute worst taste in music, not to be confused with their
    poor taste in aircraft design. 2 shots out to G Dub (GW) for being
    the first to ghost ride a jet plane.

  • GWZipper

    Don't want to take a crap in anyone's Cheerios, but per the governing agencies that rule such things (FAA, EASA, etc) a bubble canopy would require redundant structures in case of single element failure. For aircraft transparencies, pragmaticaly that would mean a 2-ply laminated structure, which is impossible (with today's technology) in a bubble canopy. Fighter jets can get away with it because they don't follow the same rules as civilian aircraft. It could happen with some sort of a greenhouse structure, though.

  • Military air craft do follow FAA regulations as well as other nations regulations. Generally military customers have more money to throw at a solution tho...

  • Tyguy

    That's kinda cool, I suppose. I feel like it would have been way better if it went down to the bottom of the plane, though.

  • Guesticle

    I want one with two domes, one on top and one on the bottom and the elevator an go to either

  • Jenness

    I agree wholeheartedly - Way cooler and and scary as shittier. That's not a word but you know what I mean.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Ah man! My childhood dreams are coming true!

    Now to get crazy rich....

  • GuB

    Just take glider lessons. The view is even better, no engine noise, and while there are cheaper activities, you don't need to be filthy rich.
    The best part is that you actually fly the plane!

  • MustacheHam

    William: "Charles, let us watch the lightning that's occurring."
    Charles: "What a brilliant ideal William".

    If you read this with the cliche' older rich gentlemen voices, you've done well.

  • Toby Trombley

    so you can be R2-D2 on a plane

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