|Consider the source (Lew Platt blog item)|
Message #2 Posted by Karl Schneider on 10 Feb 2006, 12:04 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by bill platt
Well, that was an easy-to-read, if not particularly insightful, short blog about Lew Platt, former exec at HP and Boeing who died on 8 Sep, 2005.
The entry was dated 11 Sep 2005, making it almost five months old. The author's pseudonym(?) was "irishblogs", perhaps suggesting a non-continental Euro-centric view of things...
The blog entry contained more than a few grammatical errors, causing me some skepticism about the intellectual quality of its content. One assertion that struck me was,
"Itís interesting that Platt died in service while at Boeing, the US aerospace giant which appears to have run out of fresh ideas and is getting itís ass handed to it by Airbus. Just like HP itís greatest triumphs are relics of the past...
Apparently the author hadn't heard of the new model 787, revolutionary for its composite-material airframe, as well as many other innovations in passenger ergonomics. Boeing appears also to have surpassed Airbus on new sales, according to figures released after September 2005.
As for "relics of the past", the modern and well-regarded model 777 debuted in 1995, and was the first aircraft to have been designed entirely on CAD. Maybe 11 years is ancient history, according to the blogger.
Well, enough from me about this loosely-related, but off-topic subject.
Edited: 10 Feb 2006, 12:38 a.m.