Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
Plus I think the Excelsior Class was meant to replace the Constitution Class, especially since we see quite a few of them even in the TNG era, and some with high registry numbers, suggesting the Excelsior Class had a fairly long production life.
I remember reading somewhere that it was. Why else would the Enterprise-B
be part of the class?
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"