From: DennisO <email@example.com> Organization: LinDen Enterprises: Computer Consultant/Teacher in Tucson Date: 11 Oct 96 19:44:50 References: 1
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> I would like to hear others views on where advances in aeronautics will > take us and how far away is the end. > > firstname.lastname@example.org You indicated that we haven't moved far from the Boeing 707 and we don't seem to be moving the commercial airliner along much right now. You are probably right. In the 50's I took a close look at the reciprocating engine and would have bet lots of dough that the very very inefficient recip would be long gone as we near the 21st century. I then watched the Chrysler turbine car come and go. I then watched the Indy 500 virtually ban jet engines ensuring that no further research would occur. And of course, the automotive world watched Mazda struggle for years on the Wankel engine. However, here we are knocking at the door of year 2000 and we still drive engines where the pistons reverse directions thousands of times per minute. Good thing we got jet engines going in circles before we stagnated. A good indicator of 50 years from now is to ask, what are Lockheed, Boeing, and others working on right now? I haven't seen any articles that indicate any attempt to go faster, higher, and safer-airframe wise. P.S. Don't flame. If you know where to find more info, please pass it along. Some futurist believe that the next speed gain for common travel is underground using evacuated (vacuum) tunnels and electromagnetic fields providing the acceleration and deceleration.