by Anura Guruge
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>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts
>> — Mar. 10, 2014.
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I have nothing but unalloyed respect and admiration for Boeing.
I have loved Boeing planes since I was a poor, bare-footed, 12-year old in Ceylon c. 1965. Yes, the De Havilland Comet-4, in BOAC livery, which in my ignorance I would always refer to as the ‘BOAC Comet-4’ (since I didn’t realize that the operator and the manufacturer were different entities), was my first love. The first jet I had ever seen. But around 1962 the Boeing 707 stole my heart and it still has a dear place in there. I was lucky enough, starting in 1967, to do a LOT of flying on 707s. Then in 1970 I saw my first 747. It was love at first sight. I got to fly in one soon afterwards. It was an Air India 747 from London to Frankfurt. There were just 16 passengers in it — with a cabin crew that was larger! I was NOT booked on it. I was 16 years old. I was on the way to New Delhi from London. A kind ticket agent put me on that flight so I could fly in a 747. but, I had to change planes in Frankfurt. That was the deal. Since then, over the years, I have spent days (maybe weeks) inside 747s — but whenever I still see one my heart skips a beat. I think they are absolutely gorgeous. So as far as I am concerned Boeing does little wrong.
Yes, I was also lucky enough to have Boeing, in Seattle, as a customer when I first came to the U.S. in 1985 for CASE Communications. As such I have visited Boeing, at their HQ, many, many times. There was a time I was going to see them every month, at least. It was, thanks to their planes a red-eye ritual, typically a Tuesday-Wednesday, routine. I would get dropped in at BTW early on Tuesday. Would fly to Seattle, exploiting the 3 hour time difference, and get there by noon. Then have a 3-4 hour meeting in the afternoon with Boeing folks. Then dinner in Seattle. Meet with some of the sales folks. If there was time entertain another customer or prospect. Then get on, first class, on AA or UA red-eye. Sleep. Get picked up at BTW. Get dropped off at the CASE office, in Columbia, MD, with a clean white-shirt and a different tie. Go to the bathroom and change shirts and tie. Then do a full day’s work on Wednesday in the office.
Boeing, suffice to say, was a BIG SNA user. So I had dealing with them long after I left CASE.
So, I know Boeing. I like Boeing. I trust Boeing.
Now we have to face facts.
It has been over a MONTH since Malaysian Air MH370 supposedly crashed. Now they say that have detected the Black Box pinger.
But no aircraft DEBRIS other than what found in the Maldive Islands!
Hurricanes, no hurricanes, winds, currents, tides …
If there was any debris SOME should have been spotted by now or got washed ashore somewhere.
But, no debris.
No satellite sightings of debris.
So, IF it crashed, there is only one explanation.
Amazing isn’t it.
But, give kudos to Boeing.
Buy Boeing stock. No, I don’t own any. Maybe I should (but I am broke (unlike the plane).