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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Please obey the seatbelt sign

According to Pravada, "Russian scientists design an aerospace passenger plane, capable of flying at the speed of 30,000 km/h". The headline claims "Spaceflight from Moscow to New York to take less than an hour." That's around 7480 km (4650 miles), just about the same distance from Montreal to Istanbul (4,789 miles). Hey Terry, wouldn't it be fun to follow a campaign in one of these fancy new aerospaceplanes? Vancouver to Gander in 15 minutes!

Posted by Kevin Steel on December 18, 2005 in Travel | Permalink


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Well, Pravda used to say how great Communism was, so I'm not inclined to take their word for how good space travel could be.

Besides, only the crazy would fly on Aeroflot. Years ago, one of their planes crashed when the pilot had his young son on his lap while at the controls.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-12-18 2:00:56 PM

Good Humour.....
Russians have not "Invented" anything except the myth of their technological capacity! And that is poorly constructed!

Hypersonic space planes are a concept going back to the 1950's and current technology leaders in propulsion, materials and fabrication technology are:
1 - USA
2 - Japan
3 - EU

I'll admit there is probably some debate about whether Japan or EU should be in position 2.

Posted by: PGP | 2005-12-18 2:16:05 PM

I hope he gave his son a damn good spanking afterwards. Crashing a plane full of passengers is unacceptable at any age.

As for the "new invention" of supersonic flight, I'm guessing the Russians have simply retrofitted a few of their old ICBMs with passenger seats and landing gear. Moscow to New York in less than an hour indeed. Let's hope they've remembered to remove the warheads.

Posted by: Raging Ranter | 2005-12-18 2:25:42 PM

Hey,Kevin: Let's not dream about giving the politicos any new toys. Yesterday's jet-age day started in Victoria, zipped over to Edmonton and then finished in Ottawa. The time-zone zap on that was bad enough. Imagine how awful it would be if the pols could criss-cross the country three or four times in a day. Breakfast in Victoria, mid-morning rally in Moncton; lunch announcement in Calgary, late-afternoon messaging event in Windsor, and then a dinner fundraiser in Yellowknife. Let's not even think about it!

By the way, I received Harper's agenda for Monday a while back, and we have only one event planned, a noon-time Chamber of Commerce "dinner" in Quebec City.

Posted by: Terry O'Neill | 2005-12-18 4:59:03 PM

Dude, do not tell me you are taking this seriously.

Pravda still runs stories about how Russian troops combat space aliens.

But of all their alien stories, this one has the best headline.

Posted by: Dishwasher | 2005-12-18 6:22:37 PM

Being able to go 30,000 kilometres an hour could save politicians a lot of time. The question is, would they arrive relaxed and refreshed, or looking like Don Knotts?

Posted by: EBD | 2005-12-18 7:47:53 PM

Dishwasher: But we have Paul "Hellyea there are aliens"...a former Minister of defense. Canada still rules, even in alien stories...

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-12-18 9:16:52 PM

Hey, People, although I can also giggle about Russian technology, don't forget it's CF personnel riding around on old rented Antonov transports.

Posted by: Mad Mike | 2005-12-19 8:04:10 AM

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