Friday, June 30, 2006

Advances, schmadvances

Sometime ago I bought some stamps. I thought that planes would be nice for a change, and I bought them without paying much attention. Only later I realized my mistake...


Welcome to American Advances in Aviation, 37c stamp collection!

B-29 Superfortress: the advanced armament... including remote controlled gun turrets... long-range bomber...

P-80 Shooting Star: ... jet fighter... made history in 1950 by winning the first all-jet aerial combat...

PBY Catalina: ... many still fly in nonmilitary roles.

247: ... first modern commercial airliner...

YB-49 Flying Wing: ... jet-propelled bomber... technology finally caught up with vision in the B-2 stealth bomber.

B-24 Liberator: ... heavy bomber... high-lift wing airfoils and retractable "roller-type" bomb bay doors were... innovations.

P-47 Thunderbolt: ... lightweight interceptor... immense multipurpose fighter...

F6F Hellcat: A WWII workhorse... easy to mass produce and maintain...

35 Bonanza: ... in continuous production since 1947...

Ercoupe 415: ... introduced safe, practical technologies for general aviation...


Aha. So in other words we have:

WAR: 6
WAR, originally: 1
Non WAR: 3

Sigh... we should be ashamed that most of these so called advances were made with the explicit purpose of killing people.

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