What’s in a name?

Pilot - - FLIGHT TEST - Viv Wigley, Derby Dave Mccoy, Kingston-upon-hull

I was amused by the ar­ti­cle in Pi­lot on the progress of the su­per­sonic air­liner project that has taken its name from the un­for­tu­nate by-prod­uct of its rai­son d’être, namely ‘Boom’. I look for­ward to you re­port­ing in fu­ture on the test flights of the up­graded Boe­ing B-52 Smog, and bud­get air­lines tak­ing op­tions on the lat­est Boe­ing 737 Cramp. Wow; ap­par­ently the pro­posed XB-1 will be able to trans­port 45 passengers from Lon­don to New York in just over three hours. What amaz­ing progress the Amer­i­cans have made!

Con­cord was trans­port­ing 128 passengers in 1976, tak­ing just over three hours to com­plete the same route, with the record cross­ing still stand­ing at un­der three hours! It prob­a­bly still would be if a piece of aero­plane hadn’t been lit­ter­ing the run­way at Paris Charles De Gaulle Air­port.

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