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President Biden Has To Stop Flying To Wilmington, DE, On ‘Air Force One’ — Makes No Sense.

by Anura Guruge


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Of course none of us begrudge him the use of ‘Air Force One‘ especially after the BLATANT abuse by ‘one whose name should NOT be mentioned‘.

It is JUST that it just does not make any sense. The distance involved it just too short.

From Andrews to the New Castle military airport he flew into only took 25-minutes!

It would also appear that the airport was too small to cater for the bona fide Boeing 747-based ‘Air Force One’. Instead he flew in on a 757 — (with ANY official Air Force plane carrying the President automatically & by default designated “Air Force One”).

Biden, per his TRADEMARK, needs to CONTINUE taking the TRAIN.

We used go back to having a Presidential Train. Yes, I appreciate that these days security might be an issue.

Appears that Nixon, in 1970, took the train.


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by Anura Guruge


 

Video Of Airbus A380, World’s Largest Plane, Flying Sideways, Crabwise — Amazing!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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I have experienced something similar, long time ago, in the 1970s, coming in for a landing in New Delhi on a Boeing 747. Seated at a window seat. Looking down. Coming down quite nicely. Could see the runway below us. Not that far down. Maybe 30 to 50 feet. Next second no runway. Just green grass! We had been pushed sideways. Immediately a HUGE roar. Captain gunned the engines, which are already at ‘normal’ power for just such eventuality (and you can hear/feel that in the above video), pulled the plane up and we went around … Exciting.

Still can see it in my mind’s eye. The runway just sliding away to green grass.


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Does User Guide For A Modern Digital Point-and-Shoot Have To Be 4x The Size Of The Camera?

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
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My RX100 II out of the box.

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My new Sony RX100 M2 (II) with the printed User Guide for it.


In the early 1980s when I was doing seminars about computer technology I used to talk about how the printed paper documentation related to building and maintaining a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet weighed more than an actual 747 — and how it would be impossible to create and maintain such a volume of documentation without computer networks.

Now this example was impressive given that the 747 wasn’t exactly small.

Yes, of course, such a comparison isn’t that dramatic — or fair — when one is dealing with smaller, lighter products.

But it struck me the other night that it is awfully incongruous that the printed ‘User Guide’ for my new camera, the Sony RX100 M2 (II), is conspicuously bigger and heavier than the camera. And I am not even including the smaller, pretty basic, multilingual ‘Instruction Manual’ that is included in the box. And this is the case with all new cameras.

Modern digital cameras are getting increasingly complex. But this is getting beyond the pale. And to be honest even this hefty, 260 page Guide doesn’t cover it all IF you want to be real pedantic. You will have to get a $25 – $35 BOOK (and I have done that too).

Just something to think about.


Do YOU Know YOUR Planes? Fun Airliner Identification Quiz.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Airplanes is yet another of my very long list of interests, albeit one fairly high up on that list. I was going to be an aeronautical engineer before I was told, in 1969, that there were this new fangled things called ‘computers‘ that were the wave of the future. Plus, I have spent a fair amount of my life on planes. During 1985 & 1986, I must have spent 35% of my life on planes since I was in the top 2% of frequent fliers on both American and United. During 1992 to 1999, I must have spent 20% of my life on planes. I used to know my planes real, real well. These days, at most, we fly once a year. But, I still look up in the sky, like a little boy, when I hear a plane.

So when I saw this quiz I wasn’t sure how well I would do. I was amazed. I got 90%; just one wrong in the 10 I was asked to identify. I call that residual knowledge, stuff that your brain absorbs and holds on in the hope that it might someday be useful.

If you like planes or spend a lot of time in them try the quiz. It is fun. Also lets you appreciate how similar Boeing and Airbus designs are; now acknowledged as proof of how form always has to follow function.


Click to access airline identification quiz at ‘OpenNav’. No signup. No catches. In-and-out.