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September 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM
Another piece of history
As a Seattle Museum of Flight member, I am pleased that the Lockheed Electra has been saved in flyable condition, and will anchor a major exhibit. [“A piece of history takes wing,” NW Sunday, Sept. 22.]
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 miles to the east, Boeing’s strategic-bomber prototype, XB-47, languishes outdoors in the Chanute Air Museum in Illinois. Boeing’s prototype Stratojets were used to develop the basic configuration for large, high-speed turbojet airplanes.
The B-47 thrust Boeing into the aeronautical big-time and to great prosperity. Its design is now the accepted standard worldwide. Large aircraft built by Boeing, Airbus and a host of other manufacturers adhere to that standard.
2,032 B-47s were built, followed by thousands of Boeing-built bomber planes. To those figures must be added additional thousands of U.S. and foreign aircraft that trail in the Stratojet’s jet wash.
I hope that a movement will develop to rescue Boeing’s most important airplane (a national treasure), to bring it home, refurbish it and display it indoors.
Anthony Pomata, Maple Valley
April 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Will Boeing pay income tax?
It is great that Boeing got billions in tax breaks down in Carolina [“FAA, Boeing delegated much of the 787 testing,” page one, April 25]. The fact that it outsourced to France which then outsourced the battery work to Japan hasn’t affected their stock prices and caused its core operating profit to increase 5 percent. One can’t help but be pleased.
Best of all, I am thrilled that Boeing’s first-quarter profit jumped 20 percent. Does this mean that for the first time in a number of years it might pay some income tax?
Harriet Benjamin, Seattle
Boeing incident reminds us that government must take initiative
Getting the Boeing 787 back in the air is just a small bump in the road, just the beginning of a new interest in energy storage.
It is a reminder of the fact that progress requires upfront interest and assets. There is no free lunch, and there’s a need to have a government that looks for things to fix rather than waiting and paying for taking action after failures reach the stage of actually becoming a problem.
Hugh Coleman, Kelso
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