From: email@example.com (Robert Ashcroft) Organization: Stanford University, CA 94305, USA Date: 07 Jul 95 03:25:00 References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1995.947@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Michael T. Palmer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >rna@status.Stanford.EDU (Robert Ashcroft) wrote: > >>Timothy Francis Mcdonough <email@example.com> wrote: >>>HSCT will no doubt contribute to the demise of the superjumbo. > >>The new generation SST? Don't hold your breath. The economics of that >>are even more dismal. Without massive government aid this thing won't >>get beyond the pipe-dream stage. Governments are broke, and the >>environmentalists will scream bloody murder about the effects on such >>a thing on the ozone layer. >While there are certainly some major technical challenges to be met, >and I agree that holding your breath until product launch might make >Dr. Kevorkian's day, many high-level people at the companies involved >are indeed planning to produce this aircraft. And they won't do it >with "massive government aid." The joint NASA/industry HSR program is >all there is in terms of gov't funding, and it's a very small part. Well, I'm already on record as saying I'll be extremely surprised if we have anything larger than a 747-stretch flying by 2005. I'll be even more surprised if there's a commercial second-generation SST (taking Concorde to be the first-generation) flying by then. In fact, it seems to me that one day we might see a time when the Concorde has been retired and there's no longer any commercial supersonic service. RNA -- --------====### legal notice ###====------------------------------------------- Microsoft Network is prohibited from redistributing this work in any form, in whole or in part. License to distribute this post is available to Microsoft for $499. Posting without permission constitutes an agreement to these terms.