Re: Soviet Aircraft

From:         geoffm@purplehaze.Corp.Sun.COM (Geoff Miller)
Organization: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Date:         14 Apr 93 14:31:11 PDT
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h andrew chuang <> writes:

>I'm confused.  I thought the L-1011 was designed before the DC-10.  The
>L-1011 program was delayed only because Rolls Royce went bankrupt.

They were designed at about the same time; I remember following the
development of both planes in Aviation Week when I was a kid.

Interestingly, this class of airplane was generically known as the 
"airbus" originally due to its intended use primarily on short, high-density 
routes.  I never see this mentioned in the enthusiast press, so it seems to 
have been largely forgotten now that the European consortium has long since 
co-opted the name.

>Shahid Siddiqi pointed out the Tu-144 flew before the Concorde, but that 
>was only because the Soviet rushed through the process.  Obviously, the 
>rush resulted in the crash at the Paris Air Show.

Actually, it didn't.  The development of the prototype may have been rushed,
but the airplane that crashed at Paris was a very different, more highly
evolved machine than the original Tu-144.  According to what I've read, the 
most likely reason for the 1973 Paris crash was that the copilot, who was 
assisting with filming in the cockpit, lost his balance and fell onto the 

>Does anyone know if Rolls' bankruptcy delayed the Concorde program, too?

The Concorde's Olympus engine was developed by Bristol Siddely, not Rolls 
Royce; it's an evolution of the earlier Olympus version used on the Vulcan 
bomber.  Bristol Siddely was later absorbed into Rolls Royce, but I believe
that was after the engine's development was complete.


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