posted on Mar, 13 2014 @ 03:28 PM
Great Britain - Bristol 188 experimental aircraft that looks strikingly like the SR-71... developed throughout the 50s first flight a couple of years
ahead of the SR-71. Didn't achieve the specs the SR-71 had, but the technological differences are not vast.
The USSR was developing a similar spec'd aircraft though they never got a prototype off of the ground.
What about LCD displays, they have a long history, with liquid crystals being discovered way way back in the 1800s much of the development of the
technology was done by Malvern, a company in the UK, back in the late 60s researching technology that could be used to make Tanks lighter (to get rid
of the big CRTs that would go into them)
I would never say that there was or is no technological edge depending on the field... but the edge is really only that, it is NOT that massive a cut.
The second notion, or impression I also get is the general air of American superiority, where despite little to no life experience knowledge of other
nations, their education systems, their industries and expertise, the average person will gladly lap up the idea that the US is a technological wonder
of the world, leader in all things and everywhere else is a relative wasteland.
(I am not accusing anyone here to have views as extreme as that, but there is a big whiff of it on occasion) Yep back in the 60-70s the US was the
basic playground for the best tech in the world... but that has massively diminished and throughout the 80s onwards everyone else has reached a level
playing field for the most part.
Anyway on topic I think that the subject is reflected already in the above statement. It is more of a "Hey we are not lagging behind, so that is
good" and no amount of dreaming of yesteryear will really change that.