Jet airplanes first made their appearance at the end of WWII. For decadees, they were the exclusive domain of the military. What came to be known as the jet age didn't start until the 60's, when commercial aviation expanded the scope of jet airplane use to the masses.
Today will begin the space age. Appollo ushered in an era of limited government run space experimentation, but no real space age. A novelty, not an everyday reality. If all goes well today in the Mojave desert - and all indications are that it will - private, commercial spaceflight will be a reality.
For the masses.
Good luck Burt Rutan and the as yet unnamed pilot who will be flying today. Heroes all.