Burt Rutan, the aircraft design pioneer (Voyager, SpaceShipOne, etc) has been one of my engineering heroes for many years but I never knew anything about his politics until I read an interview in this weeks New Scientist:
… before I get to my first question, Rutan blindsides me. “Which magazine are you from again?” I tell him. “OK, well, I won’t talk to Scientific American,” he says, “They improperly covered man-made global warming. They drink Kool-Aid instead of doing research. They parrot stuff from the IPCC and Al Gore.” I’m taken aback [I'll bet] … for the next 30 minutes he launches into an impassioned diatribe… “… the greatest scientific fraud ever …” [while I conveniently forget that New Scientist is almost as bad as SciAm on this subject] .
It’s so nice when people you admire turn out to be sensible.
Yes, but he was mean to that gal pilot and wouldn’t let her drive but a couple of hours so he’s wrong.
Are you talking about Voyager, Half? It was such a one-off, extreme plane that they only flew it fully loaded once – on the take-off of the round-the-world flight attempt. With the full load the wings drooped so much the winglets at the ends scrapped along the tarmac and fell off. They had to keep going – the plane couldn’t be landed with full fuel.
Yeah that’s the one. It did about 80% of the driving. I remember watching the final approach(es) on TeeVee. Thing really didn’t want to land. I think the stall speed must have been something like 25 mph and the ground effect seemed to really seemed very strong on the structure.
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