What’s in a name?
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.