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I remember this. Have not seen this in years. [thumb]

Have you given any thought to doing a what if on the Hindenburg and its future had it not ended in tragedy? Could have changed what we see in the cruise line and airline industry.






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I remember this. Have not seen this in years. [thumb]

Have you given any thought to doing a what if on the Hindenburg and its future had it not ended in tragedy? Could have changed what we see in the cruise line and airline industry.





I actually have been considering this, since basically the entire history of airships is a big what if at this point. Although, I was thinking of setting up a separate airships thread for this & also maybe some real airship history.

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I actually have been considering this, since basically the entire history of airships is a big what if at this point. Although, I was thinking of setting up a separate airships thread for this & also maybe some real airship history.



Go for it, sir. [thumb] Looking forward to it. 

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Promo video for a possible Northrop flying wing airliner, based on the YB-49.


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Really like the concept. Imagine what could have been. 


The bar and lounge are amazing and the observation deck, unreal. 

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It is a very interesting concept, Northrop had made huge progress with flying wings but it all ended when their military programs were cancelled. Maybe had the B-49 been adopted by the USAF Northrop would have been able to work on an airliner.

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Also, I have been able to track down a list of all of the orders made by various airlines for the Boeing 2707. It is many more than for Concorde.

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=257177

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Watched a programme on the tv the other night on planes that might have been. The nuclear powered bomber.

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Nuclear power for aircraft is an interesting what if. Probably not practical for commercial, unless you're designing a really big jet. Regardless, nowadays we can barely get nuclear reactors built on the ground, to say nothing of ones that fly around.
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In the early 1960s, as architect Eero Saarinen was designing Washington (Dulles) Airport, he wanted an alternative to the sprawling walkways that had become common at the airport. This led to the mobile lounge. Instead of passengers walking long distances to a gate, passengers would instead be carried by vehicles to the aircraft waiting at a remote stand. This required far smaller terminals. This animated 1958 film explores the idea.


Interesting note: this video was produced by Charles + Ray Eames, designers of the Eames chair.

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This is a clever little film. Imagine had this caught on in a much larger scale. 
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I can't find any one reason why they didn't catch on, but I suspect that they just didn't offer enough advantage over the way things were done before. Bigger terminals also means more shops, which means more money for the airports. Saarinen's dream of a walking-less airport never came to be. Although, like I mentioned in another thread I could still see a use for these at remote stands. 
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Carrying on from the other thread. Say if there are 100-200 more L-1011 and DC-10 orders, this allows Lockheed and Douglas to stay around in the commercial business. The happy DC-10 customers buy the MD-11, and it is much more successful. What comes after that? Would McDonnell Douglas have gone and built the planned double-decker MD-12? What would Lockheed have done?
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Carrying on from the other thread. Say if there are 100-200 more L-1011 and DC-10 orders, this allows Lockheed and Douglas to stay around in the commercial business. The happy DC-10 customers buy the MD-11, and it is much more successful. What comes after that? Would McDonnell Douglas have gone and built the planned double-decker MD-12? What would Lockheed have done?


It just didnt get any orders.... was possibly the wrong plane at the wrong time?



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...was possibly the wrong plane at the wrong time?





I've often wondered this myself. I suspect we would have still lost Lockheed from the race at some point even if 100-200 more frames sold. McDD on the other hand. . . . .


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I think you are right about Lockheed, but I'm sure McDD would have stuck around.
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