Missing the Changes

Recently I ran into this prediction of what an airliner of 1988 would look like in 1988. The thing is a reasonable extapolation of late 1930’s technology. Here it is.

A huge flying boat with huge radial engines. Of course that was totally wrong.

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Why There Was An Air War In WW1

Ran into a couple of sites that are not seemingly related, but actually are. Sometimes the drama of something distorts the real history and we lose the perspectives  as time goes forward.  Most of the stories you hear about the battles in the air during the Great War will concentrate on brave flying heroes and their flying machines. But the battles in their existed for a reason and it’s important to remember what that reason was.

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The Big Airshows, A Tech Stuff Special

There are two big shows where the worldwide aerospace industry gets together to do business. This year it’s Farnborough.




Lot’s of business.


Last year it was Paris. It will be Paris again next year.





These shows are where airplane geeks get to see all the latest things that fly and where engineers can get together and see the latest stuff.  The size of the combined deals every year rivals the GDP of a fairly large country.  So these shows are a big deal for the aircraft, parts and supplies manufacturers.  When I was in the industry I just missed the Shows by not being in the right  job at the time.



It’s also where there have been more than normal amount of very expensive accidents as the companies try to show what there stuff can REALLY do.

Pratt’s New Engine, The PW1000g

Pratt has finally completed it’s geared bypass engine for commercial aircraft. The development for this engine has been going on for a long time. There are reasons for that.  Some of it’s FAA red tape. The biggest part though, is the expected long life of the engines themselves.

It’s not like the old days where you did all your development in a backshop. Of course the aircraft aren’t enlarged kites anymore either.

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