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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


Who Is To Say That Donald Trump’s Mars-Centric Model Of The Inner Solar System Is Wrong?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Genuine Trump tweet from June 7, 2019. Go check.

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Until Nicolaus Copernicus expounded his views humankind, led by the popes, truly believed that everything up in the sky revolved around the Earth. Copernicus said otherwise. But, that was nearly 600-years ago.

Copernicus was nowhere close to famous or powerful as Donald Trump. He also did NOT Tweet.

So, what is to say that Donald Trump is wrong?

It is possible that we did have this all wrong. Our Moon does not orbit the Earth. Instead, it orbits Mars. Possible.

I will give the Donald the benefit of the doubt.

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by Anura Guruge

Donald Trump Is Right, The Boeing 737 MAX Should Be Rebranded … Boeing 737 DON.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From his esteemed Twitter feed.

Click to ENLARGE and admire.

He is RIGHT. He is, of course, always right. And he is the master of branding. Trump Steaks, Trump Wine, Trump University, Trump Condoms …

DON is perfect. 3-letters., just like MAX.

‘Don’, moreover, is an honorific. So, this works well.

Boeing 737 DON.

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by Anura Guruge

Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg’s Shameless, Disingenuous, Publicity-Stunt 737 MAX Test Flight.

by Anura Guruge

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Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s shameless, disingenuous CEO really must think we, the public, are super gullible and stupid.

Wow, he goes on a Boeing 737 MAX MCAS anti-stall software test flight and he wants us to think that this proves that the software is fixed and the plane is now safe.

A publicity stunt worthy of Donald Trump.

This was probably the safest flight ever of a Boeing plane.

Most experienced, best trained flight crew who must have spent hours, beforehand, going through all contingencies. Plus, they probably had multiple senior pilots all ready to back each other up. And I am sure they even had overrides that could be activated from the ground.

Dennis Muilenburg took ZERO risk. He was as safe as houses. What a con artist.

Yes, Boeing’s name has being besmirched by this whole sorry Boeing 737 Max saga. But, Dennis Muilenburg, added to it. I am sure he will have to resign over this at some point. That is my only consolation.

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by Anura Guruge

Last Boeing KC-135 Mid-Air Refuelling Tanker Left Pease Air Base, N.H., For Good, On Sunday.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_KC-135_Stratotanker

Kind of sad. Definitely the end of an era for us in New Hampshire. The KC-135 Stratotankers had been such an iconic part of our skies for so long – especially if you were in or around Portsmouth. We don’t get to see too many large, 4-engines planes flying low over New Hampshire — the KC 135 invariably the lone exception.

Big plane, especially with the ‘new’ BIG engines. Loud too, very loud when taking off or coming into land. But, up there, either cruising or making an approach to Pease, whisper quiet, just a dark silhouette floating across the sky.

It is supposed to be a sister-ship to my all time favorite Boeing 707. But, it seems bigger, bulkier or brawnier. To be honest I haven’t set eyes on a 707 in decades. So, I could be wrong.

Well, we are supposed to be getting the replacements, the TWIN-engine Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, but not until November 2019. That is over 6-months away. Not sure what happens in the interim.

Body looks similar, but twin-engine as opposed to quad. This one based on the much, much newer Boeing 767.

Related post from 2014.

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by Anura Guruge

I Can’t Believe That American Airlines (AA) Is Now Painting Their Planes — It Is A Betrayal.

by Anura Guruge

The ‘new’ PAINTED AA planes.

Hadn’t flown American in a couple of years and had NOT noticed until ‘last’ week when we flew to New Mexico/Arizona to visit Canyon de Chelly, again.

I was upset to see the PAINTED AA planes.

As a MILLION MILE AA Frequent Flyer I have a vested interest in AA. The unpainted planes were supposed to save money. Paint adding 400 – 700 pounds of weight to a plane. But, it appears that keeping the metal look is not for free. This article from Boeing explains it, with figures.

But, unpainted buffed planes were the TRADEMARK of AA. I did most of my AA flying, 1980 — 1999 during the tenure of the legendary AA Chairman, Bob Crandall. I was a big fan of his. I remember reading, in the AA inflight magazine Crandall singing the praises of unpainted planes.

A quick Google shows me that I am NOT the only one that has expressed concern.

And now this. Change is hard. Change can be sad.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Air India’ Boeing 787 Loses A Window Within 24-Hours Of The Southwest 737 Fatal Mishap!

by Anura Guruge

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This was NOT as serious as the Southwest Boeing 737 window blowout incident. In this case the window per se did not break or get sucked out. It was the internal window panel that came off.

Nonetheless three passengers were injured from panels coming loose — all due to unexpected, intense turbulence.

Strange that we have two reports of Boeing jets having window issues within 24-hours, though in both cases Boeing really can’t be blamed — other than if the Southwest incident was due to metal fatigue. Actually that will probably be GE — who made the engine, as if GE didn’t already have enough problems.

Just wanted to make sure you heard of this incident.

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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.


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
. Takenwith my Canon G1 X.
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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.

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.