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.
Popular Mechanics has an interesting series of article on flying.
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 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.
I first saw a reference to the B19 in a book I had as a child on air tactics and strategy. Back then I had not feel just how much larger it was than other aircraft of the time like the B17.
How UPS gets your package through the system.
Building efficient terminals is the key to getting logistics done.
A great ad from Singapore Airlines.
All of that is from the same cardstock that is use to make index folders.