Posts Tagged ‘airplanes’

The Wildfire-Fighting Super Scooper

August 26, 2021

The $30 million Super Scooper airplane was designed to fight wildfires. It dives down to a body of water, scoops up 1,400 gallons of water in 12 seconds, and drops it on forest fires. Frankly, this all seems optimistically predicated on the absence of draught. Cool, though. A Business Insider video.

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Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

December 16, 2019

Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

Boeing has stopped production of 737 Max 8 jets until FAA regulators say they’re safe to fly. Two of those planes crashed, killing 346 people, after FAA regulators originally took Boeing’s assurances that the planes were good to go. De-regulation kills.

More:

“Boeing suspends production of 737 Max model involved in fatal crashes,” Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

Related:

“How Did the F.A.A. Allow the Boeing 737 Max to Fly?” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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The Ocean Hop

June 2, 2018

“The Ocean Hop,” starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Look out, Lindy! Animated by Hugh Harman and Rollin Hamilton. 1927.

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Geese and Airplanes

April 27, 2012

Geese and Airplanes

Why do geese and airplanes collide?

“The biggest problem … has to do with the land surrounding airports. As a buffer to urban centers, most airports include a lot of undeveloped land around them. Hearty birds find this and use it as a refuge, depending on what plant, water and other natural resources are available.”

–“Why Do Geese and Airplanes Collide?” Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

And you thought it was because they’re both big things that fly around in the sky at the same time.

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Italians to Bomb Libya

May 10, 2011

Italians to Bomb Libya

Italy has announced that it will join NATO forces in bombing Libya. It’s done that before:

“Libya 1911: How an Italian pilot began the air war era,” Alan Johnston, BBC News

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Palin: Just Plane Folks

December 3, 2009

Palin: Just Plane Folks

Mrs. Sarah Palin, who once held a temp job as Alaska’s governor and got elected as a small town mayor so she could hire a city manager to do her job for her, has learned from all those grueling months in public life. Her recent running mate, presidential candidate Senator John McCain, rented a campaign bus to reach out to the hoi polloi, but actually travelled on a private jet owned by his wife, a millionaire beer baroness.

Mrs. Palin is campaigning to sell “her” book (ghost-written by Christian magazine editor Lynn Vincent) with a tour bus  that drives to Sam’s clubs and strip malls across the USA.  The bus on this “road trip” is so highly decorated that you can’t even see if Mrs. Palin is aboard.  That’s handy, because she isn’t.

Mrs. Palin is actually travelling on (you guessed it) a private jet that rents for $4,000 an hour. The aircraft is reported to be a Gulfstream II with two Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8 turbofan engines, a 4,123 mile range, and a top speed of 581 mph. Technical specifications for the Palin tour bus are not available.

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