If Concorde were the child of quarrelsome adults, the tabloids might label this a “tug of love,” but by whatever name it goes, British Airways seems to end up cast as the villain. When BA announced it would retire the supersonic transport in October 2003, Virgin Atlantic proprietor Sir Richard Branson seized the opportunity to embarrass his archrival by offering to buy and continue operating the aircraft.
apan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans soon to resume flight tests of a remote-controlled scaled experimental airplane in its quest to develop a next-generation supersonic transport.
First the good news, or at least the news that most people in the international aerospace and defense industry can agree on. Last month’s 46th Paris Air Show was the most dynamic and commercially upbeat gathering of the global business since the June 2001 show, which had been staged in what now seem like halcyon days just before 9/11 and the still-unfolding torment of what has followed.
When Charles Lindbergh single-handedly flew his airplane across the Atlantic in 1927, there was little for the not-yet-famous aviator to plan before the journey; his weather information was based on twice-daily reports from ships at sea and meteorological stations on land. Other than a passport, the French cared little about his papers.
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