Just when I thought Virgin Atlantic figurehead and CEO Sir Richard Branson was out of ideas, he had to go out and place another one of his fantasies straight into reality. The latest endeavor (or should I say brainchild) of his ever-creating mind has caused quite a stir in the realm of what is possibly in both air and water travel options.
The latest project, Virgin Oceanic christened ‘Necker Nymph’ is being described as an ‘aero-submarine’. The concept involves applying the principles of airplanes and adapting them to work underwater, in essence creating an underwater plane. The vehicle is capable of carrying one pilot and two additional passengers to depths of around 130 feet below the surface. This revolutionary model is expanding people’s abilities to explore coral reefs and shipwreck remains in it comfort of a climate controlled cabin. The catch; however, is the cost. The current offering is a two-hour ride aboard the vessel, as well as a week’s stay on Sir Branson’s private Caribbean island all for a mere $113,000.
Seriously, there are a lot of radical things in this world and this is right up there on my list of machinery that I would like to see in person at one point in my life.