Every once in a while, something comes along that makes you wonder why no one thought of it sooner. BAE Systems' "Air Deck" does just that, with a balcony that folds right down off the rear of a private jet. The viewing platform, probably the first in aviation history, takes a mere five minutes to transform the back of the aircraft into either an extended living space or an elevated outdoor viewing deck.
U.K. luxury transport design consultancy firm Design Q came up with concept designs for BAE's Explorer One and Explorer Four Avro Business Jets and showcased them during the recent EBACE business aviation show in Geneva. The Explorer aircraft are designed to access short, unpaved runways in remote locales, so the fold-out deck theoretically wouldn't be hampered by airport runways or hangars.
Now, all that's missing are cocktails with little umbrellas in them, George Clooney for company, blue skies, and about several million dollars in crisp U.S. greenbacks for the ultimate in luxury travel. No money? Join the crowd and ogle the pictures instead. Clooney not included.