I watched a video on the Concorde the other day. In it, they talked about the history of airplanes, and how the jetplanes now started flying "above the weather", and that the propellar-driven commercial aircrafts prior to the jet era had to go through storms and whatnot and that it was a frightening experience for everyone onboard.
First of all, is this true?
Secondly, why did they have to go so low and necessarily "fly through the weather" just because they didn't have jet engines?
Thirdly, does this mean that modern aircraft are not exposed to bad weather? Seems like a lie. It seems like it would be worse the higher up you go to me. As in, less "atmospheric protection", or something. Eerily close to space, etc.
It may be irrational, but ever since I was a kid, I didn't like the idea of airplanes going too high. But then again, the horrible noise from airplanes already makes the ground vibrate here even though I live nowhere near an airport, and I assume that they are all jet planes at this point, so if they went closer to the ground, that would probably make me go even crazier...