In the air?

Date:         21 Mar 98 16:31:20 
From:         Pete Mellor <>
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The following is a query from my friend
Felix Redmill <> :-

> Pete:
> I am told that at any one time two thirds of the world's civil aircraft are
> in the air, and that this is necessary as there is not room for all of them
> on the ground. Is this so? If it is, it will be interesting if all airline
> companies decide not to have any of their planes in the air on the night of
> 31 December 1999! But please tell me if you are aware of the truth of this.
> Regards,
> Felix.

This is the first time I have heard this. It has the feel of
an urban myth, but I told Felix I'd check. Any thoughts?

Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, City University, Northampton
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