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  •  Saw a documentary around decommissioning. (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, lazybum, shortfinals

    Talked about its history. The thing I most remember was how the engineering was essentially compromise after compromise after compromise. It almost didn't get finished because of that. I'm not an engineer, but I am a physicist, so I look at things more from a global view, and that compromise mentality mixed with flight dynamics is a really bad combo. I'm surprised that there weren't more safety incidents. There were a lot, but I guess if no one gets killed, that means its safe, amirite?

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