Friday, October 26, 2007

A380 lands in Sydney, Dreamliner still just words

Journalists have it tough. They must report factually (never easy when truth can be so dull). They must separate fact from opinion (which requires both insight and time-consuming research). They must meet their deadlines (don’t we all?). And they must write appealing prose that targets their readership or audience. In other words they are horribly compromised by eternal conflicts of interest and can never be trusted. If you’ve ever been involved with putting stories together with journalists you’ll know that your words are often accepted holus-bolus (which is great if you want to get your spiel out there) as that’s the easiest (ie laziest) approach for them. However if your story is too insipid, or if they want to prove a point of some kind then don’t expect much of your story to get ‘out there’. Instead it will vary from ‘enhanced’ to ‘total fabrication’. You can’t blame ‘em really. Anyway, today’s brave words are from MORE than 50 of the world’s airlines can’t be wrong in their choice of Boeing’s hi-tech Dreamliner ahead of the A380 “big bird” from Airbus. Wow, that many airlines can’t be wrong, eh? Airlines are never wrong, never make mistakes when choosing one aircraft over another, no. Never. Funny how this gushing story also coincides with the arrival of the first commercial flight of the A380 into Australia. The article continues to enthuse with:The moulded carbon-fibre “plastic fantastic” has yet to fly but is already the most successful new airliner in aviation history. Yes, the fastest selling commercial airliner yet to be seen… and indeed it hasn’t been seen in the air, either. But gee that A380 already has its wings… can’t let Airbus get any leverage out of that, can we? Anyone got the original Boeing press release handy?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

East-West Airlines F27 VH-EWJ at Sydney, 1976 (runway 25)

An ANZ DC-10 at Sydney, 1977: ZK-NZG

Some interesting airliner links...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

SydneyAirport, 1975... an Adastra Electra potters past me

Well I like these dusty, moody shots from 1975, anyway...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

One more for today... Vickers Viscount at Sydney

More pics... this time it's a Vickers Viscount at Sydney, circa 1975...

As always, more here.

A is still for Air India 707s at Sydney

More AI 707s at Sydney, on runway 34 this time...

More here, too.

A is for Air India 707s at Sydney

And why not? These are shot from the "Adastra Hangar" corner, near runway 07/25...

Plenty more Airliners at Sydney here...

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Boeing's blended wing

Flying wings - no bodies, no tailplane, just a wing - are hardly new, but this interesting Boeing/NASA concept blends wing and fuselage with multiple control surfaces - and may actually lead somewhere. Or not, as the case may be ;-)

Monday, April 23, 2007

It's lift-off for Ansett 727 RMV

Ansett 727 Romeo Mike Victor lifts off from rwy 16 at Sydney... circa 1973.

Ansett L188 Electra at Sydney

Well almost at Sydney... lights ablaze, it's Romeo Mike Delta on approach to Sydney's rwy 16, circa 1976. These Lockheed Electras were originally Ansett's mainline pre-jet era fleet, and in effect an insurance policy in case the 727s couldn't cut the mustard. But they did, so the L188s were gradually pushed onto out-of-peak services, and finally onto late night cargo duties. Being turbo-props they evaded Sydney's night jet-curfew.

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