In real life, there’s no such thing as a perfect airplane. Every element of design must balance benefits and disadvantages with regards to the nature of the intended mission. But when Popular Mechanics asked me to build the ultimate fantasy airplane, I said: Screw that! I figured it would be more fun just to kluge together my favorite parts from the coolest airplanes I’d ever seen. The result may not make too much sense aerodynamically, but for sheer curb appeal it’s a one-ship Dream Team. The article describing my bizarre, lovely beast is in this month’s (December 2012) issue, including a link to the X-Plane flight-sim website where you can download and fly the plane for yourself.
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The Enigma at the Center of the Malaysia Airlines Mystery, Huffington Post UK
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NOVA Season 42 Episode 3: Why Planes Vanish aired October 8, 2014.
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- The Spoof, Part 1: Why (A Speculative Scenario)
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- The Spoof, Part 4: Motive
- The Spoof, Part 5: People on the Plane
- The Spoof, Part 6: MH17
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