4 thoughts on “Astonishing Statistic”

  1. I was reading that the diameter of that engine is as wide as the fuselage of a 737. Boeing charters a huge Russian transport to ferry those engines from the east coast to the west coast – only plane that can hold the engine.

  2. Here’s another statistic for you: Excluding third-tier operators in Alaska, there have been absolutely zero airline passenger fatalities in the U.S. since the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, 3-1/2 years ago. As recently as the late 1980s, it wasn’t unusual to see 5-6 major airline crashes in the U.S. each year.

  3. Engine design, for autos and airplanes, is a huge engineering challenge. The B 29 was almost abandoned during development because of problems with the engines. I’m sure that is why there are no B 29s flying today although DC 3s and B 17s are still fairly plentiful. There is one flying B 24 and I have been up in it.

    More on engine design here.

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