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03-08-2017, 02:31 PM
Fun With Large Airplanes
Boeing yesterday drew the top view of a Boeing 787 on the canvas of the lower 48 with the Radar Track of a real 787. The flight took 18 hours, completed this morning.
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03-08-2017, 02:43 PM
RE: Fun With Large Airplanes
Unless it was a test of systems, that seems like a waste of money.

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03-08-2017, 03:16 PM
RE: Fun With Large Airplanes
(03-08-2017 02:43 PM)Brian37 Wrote:  Unless it was a test of systems, that seems like a waste of money.

All the people on the receiving side of all the invoices this generated or appeared on probably don't think of it as "waste". The parties on the paying side of those invoices probably didn't think it a waste either; they approved them all. And did so smiling.
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03-08-2017, 03:24 PM
RE: Fun With Large Airplanes
(03-08-2017 03:16 PM)Airportkid Wrote:  
(03-08-2017 02:43 PM)Brian37 Wrote:  Unless it was a test of systems, that seems like a waste of money.

All the people on the receiving side of all the invoices this generated or appeared on probably don't think of it as "waste". The parties on the paying side of those invoices probably didn't think it a waste either; they approved them all. And did so smiling.

You could save money on fuel doing straight lines. But if you want to argue it was a way to test the jet's system and the radar technology itself, that would be a better argument. In that context, I could understand it more. But this isn't like taking a joy ride in your average car. A jet of that size costs money to run.

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03-08-2017, 04:39 PM
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(03-08-2017 03:24 PM)Brian37 Wrote:  You could save money on fuel doing straight lines.

Not necessarily. Firstly, you should consider high-altitude winds. What looks like an inefficient course may work better if the plan can use those winds to help some of the flight along. Secondly, because the Earth is a sphere but maps are two-dimensional, the shortest route over the sphere looks like an arc on the two-dimensional map.
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05-08-2017, 09:10 PM
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Yeah they did that as a means to promote the airplane. Not surprisingly, this again coincided with SeaFair up in the Seattle area as well as ongoing NATA meetings this month. Boeing has done a few stunts like this to attract publicity during these times, some more outrageous than others.




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06-08-2017, 10:27 AM
RE: Fun With Large Airplanes
(03-08-2017 02:43 PM)Brian37 Wrote:  Unless it was a test of systems, that seems like a waste of money.

It's art.

Are you to say it isn't, or that art is a waste of money??? Ironic .....


I think it's awesome performance art...

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