A beautiful P51-D I shot at the 2007 Reno Air Races
The other day, I wrote a bit about the talk given by WW2 aces Bud Anderson and Dean Laird.
What a day that was. I felt I was a witness to living history. What an honor it was to meet these 2.
And me being me, I had to buy Anderson’s book at the museum store to learn more. Just started it, but I figured any book about flying that has accolades by Ernest Gann, and forwards by Chuck Yeager and Günther Rall, has to be some aviation ride.
I’ve just started it, and Anderson is describing the battle he had as shown from the History Channel.
What I didn’t know was the workload involved in flying that plane while someone’s trying to kill you.
Over at ChicagoBoyz, someone made an observation that in transportation, most of the progress was made in a 50 year period by 1969.
Which got me thinking.
The cars that many of us baby boomers idolized, such as the Jaguar E-Type, Corvette Sting Ray, Shelby Cobra – all came out about 50 years after cars first started making inroads with the Model T.
Sometime ago, I read of the software that flew, I believe, the F-16. Which is fairly old technology today. I have forgotten the number of lines of code but it was easily in the 100s of thousands, and probably over a million.
Which has to perform correct under every conceivable condition.
It looks like a top contender for the crash of the Lion Air in Indonesia may have been software. The plane was one of the latest versions of 737 and not in their fleet very long.