Learning To Fly Pt. IV

February 10, 2005

A good chunk of this part deals with the supersonic transports developed by England, France, and The Soviet Union during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The wests Concorde, the Soviet TU44, and Boeings plans for a similar Mach 3 passenger jet form a story of speed overshooting practicality. Too noisy for anyone under them, too fuel inefficient for the times, and too expensive to fly for almost everyone, these SSTs seem to be an example of an enormous technological feat (like going to the moon) with no way to continue paying for its own enormous expenses. But a feat it truly was!

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