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January 14, 2019

Boeing’s transonic wing

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:10 am
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Boeing is working on a “transonic wing” that will allow airliners to fly close to, but not exceed the speed of sound.  This would cut some longer flight travel times by a significant amount, at a much lower cost than a supersonic airliner.

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January 4, 2019

Death of an American hero

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:05 pm
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Herb Kelleher died yesterday at 87.  He was a lawyer and most importantly the founder of Southwest Airlines. He was a titan among american businessmen.  I had the pleasure of meeting him on two occasions and the adoration of his employees was nothing short of amazing.

November 15, 2018

737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 am
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This report seems to indicate that Boeing screwed up. Not sure how you could install a new safety system and not brief pilots on the change.  I wonder if there is more to the story.

October 3, 2018

Maxes from here on out

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 3:27 am
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Southwest airlines has taken delivery of their last 737-800.  From here forward all new aircraft will be 737 Max aircraft.

September 20, 2018

What the heck?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:04 pm
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This is weird.  I wonder what the real story is.

August 13, 2018

Stealing an airliner

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:39 am
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Crazy story from the weekend where a ground crewman stole a Q400 airliner at SEA-TAC.  This story has serious security implications.

July 28, 2018

Well, this was bound to happen

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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Middle Eastern terror groups using drones to attack airports.  I predict something like this in the US or Europe in the near future.

July 18, 2018

The golden age of modeling

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:28 pm
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Proving once again that we live in the golden age of modeling, news comes that their will be an injection molded kit of the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer.  I was surprised to learn that so many civil operators operated this aircraft.

June 7, 2018

Scrapping A380s

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:34 pm
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Story here.  I will pat myself on the back here.  I thought at the time that the Boeing bet on the 787 was better than what Airbus was doing with the A380.

June 4, 2018

BOAC 777

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:08 pm
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I am pretty sure I heard this story before, but I came across a mention of it recently and was intrigued all over again.  There are tons of these little WWII stories out there.

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