The uncertainty of the near future has reached the big airframers, too. Boeing quietly shelved its plans for the proposed 7,000-nm BBJ3 bizliner based on the 757-200 fuselage and 757-300 wing. When Borge Boeskov, soon-to-retire BBJ president, discussed the BBJ3 last March, he said the big airplane, with a projected price tag of $95 million (complete), could serve customers looking to replace aging VIP 707s, 727s, 747s and DC-8s.
You couldn’t be in a better place than Le Bourget during airshow week to appreciate–if that’s the right word–aircraft noise. Yet a comparison between the takeoff rumble of the newest airliners and the thunderous departures of the latest military models amply demonstrates the progress in noise suppression made by the civil aircraft industry. And this progress continues, aimed at the eventual development of truly silent aircraft.