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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
August 26, 2013 at 6:39 AM
A step too far
I live in a view apartment on Beacon Hill, and for months now, I have woken up on weekends with loud airplanes sporting gigantic advertising banners in front of my window for hours on end.
I pay for a view of the Puget Sound, Sodo, downtown and the mountains, and instead of getting to relax on my deck with a cup of coffee and enjoy the lovely quiet and beautiful view, I now suffer a number of loud airplanes toting everything from Geicko to Dreamgirls blocking my once quiet and beautiful view.
We all live with advertising; it is a necessary evil we all deal with. Lots of us pay to avoid it and we get to have some choice in the matter. However, these flying ads clogging up our skies is just a step too far.
Seattle prides itself on being a “green” city. We recycle, make room for bikes on the road, we don’t allow smoking in many places, but for some reason it has become OK for advertisers to take their drivel to the skies where we, the public, are simply forced to endure it.
We don’t need a football-field-sized ad flying around the skies of Seattle to tell us where to buy our insurance. I guarantee you that every single person I’ve spoken to is as offended as I am!
I encourage everyone in Seattle to write, call and complain about this latest invasion of advertising into our beautiful skies.
Victoria Hoyt, Seattle
August 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM
City has ruined the event
The Seafair attendance article misses a very important point. [“Seafair’s closing-weekend numbers have been dropping,” NW Monday, Aug. 5.]
Going to the hydro races is no longer a fun, family event. The city of Seattle (yes, the same city that cannot run a business as complicated as a downtown parking lot) is trying to convert the family outing event into a business profit center for the city.
Parking fees are outrageously high. Street parking is blocked off so people are forced into parking lots that are far from the lake. There is no pack mule or jitney service available for carting folding chairs, coolers, picnic baskets, kids toys, radios, flotation devices, etc.
One must make several long trips back and forth to get their stuff to the lake. Roads are closed off well in advance, and overnight camping is no longer allowed. Then the beach is fenced off so the city can charge admission, too.
The city has ruined my Seafair race experience, and I will not attend anymore. It looks like many people share my thoughts. The city needs to look in the mirror to see the cause of the dropping attendance.
Ted Grimes, Seattle
August 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM
Blue Angels can’t be replaced
While watching the Patriots Jet Team perform this weekend, I thought of the lyrics to a song by Sting: “You could say I’d lost my belief in our politicians. They all seemed like game show hosts to me.” [“Patriots paint the sky,” page one, Aug. 3.]
While the Patriots did a fine job, they are not the Blue Angels. It is sad that there are political games being played. The Blue Angels’ operating budget is tiny in comparison to entire Navy budget.
The Blue Angels have international recognition for their dedication and loyalty to America. Every member of the Blue Angels team is a representative of the fighting men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Watching them perform made me proud to be an American.
Alan Basile, Lynnwood
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