>>>The shuttle was a crap vision that never came to be
The vision of the shuttle never came to be. Originally, the booster was planned as a rocket plan, capable of returning to KSC for refueling. The mass of the wings deployed were dictated by having to meet USAF requirements that the shuttle could return to Vandenberg. Because you know we had so many shuttle launches from California. That mass required pushing the space shuttle main engine beyond original design capacity. And that meant a full rebuild after every mission.
The original vision was possible and could still be flying if scope creep had been shut down in the 70's.