Boeing 2707 and other airplane oddities

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  1. canucklehead
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    Interesting. The Wikipedia entry mentions Canadian Pacific among customers, but not Air Canada. (And there's quite an interesting group of defunct airlines in the list.)
     
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    I just assumed AC was like the Borg and assimilated all in its path! :)
     
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    The 2707 is covered extensively in a couple of Boeing histories. Boeing devoted lots of effort to the effort and lost a lot of money despite having been funded very heavily by the US Government.
    This is a brief history:
    http://www.avia-it.com/act/rassegna_aeronautica/rassegna/Echi_Maggio_2012/Boeing_2707_SST.pdf
    I highly recommend Joe Sutter's book "747" in which he tells the story of that planes development from the perspective of the program chief engineer. He discusses how close the B747 came to being derailed by the allocation of Boeing engineering resources to the B2707. That plane was only cancelled when the US Government turned off the spigot, according to Sutter and others.
    http://www.amazon.com/747-Creating-Worlds-Adventures-Aviation/dp/0060882425
     
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    Interesting history. Since Avgas is likely only to continue heading higher long term I'm holding out for the next phase .. ballistic transport of some kind :)
     
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    Would "bullet train" qualify? ;)
     
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    Thanks for posting this, Ho. It keeps me from thinking I'm the only certifiable odd airplane nut on the board.:p
     
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    The Lockheed Jetstar was the first long range business jet. The chairman of my employer had one in the early 1970's, which I was lucky enough to be in with some regularity. Pretty primitive now.

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    So do they, apparently. Resistance is futile!
     
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    Even if they aren't Borg-like resistance seems futile in the face of airline policy...most of the time anyway.
     
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