Wednesday, July 29, 2009
While having dinner last night, I saw this strange looking plane pass my line of sight on approach to the airport. It was similar to the Piaggio aircraft I showed you several days ago. It has rear facing propellors and it's rudder is underneath the fuselage. It is called The Starship. So far, I can see you nodding off. It was the first aircraft to employ all-graphite composite in the airframe. It employed many other "firsts" but are way to technical for this blogger. Commercially, the plane was a failure;only 53 were ever built. They were too expensive and introduced during a down cycle in the economy. As of last fall, only 6 were still in service. I'm not an aviation junkie, but I think it is kind of neat to see something that is the last of it's kind when just a few years ago it was so ahead of it's time. Look up, you may see one of the last ones yourself. They are pretty hard to miss.