Great Moments in Aviation Oops

What’s your vector, Victor? After mistakenly landing at a small airstrip in Kansas, eight miles from its intended destination, Boeing’s XXL Dreamlifter 747 was able to take off, despite using a runway about 3,000 feet shorter than it typically uses.

Had the Dreamlifter been unable to take off, Boeing planned to pump the bulbous 747 full of helium, paint “Goodyear” on the side and float it above football stadiums.

Should have checked “Peterson’s Field Guild to Jets”: A Seattle chamber of commerce’s ad in the Seattle Times made the case for Boeing to build its 777X in Washington state. But the photo of a airliner in the ad showed a jetliner built by Boeing rival, Airbus. “It’s an embarrassing, cringe-worthy error,” a chamber spokeswoman said.

You know, “cringe-worthy,” like landing one of the largest planes in the world at a tiny airstrip in the middle of a Kansas cornfield.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, carried more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first airmail flight across the Pacific.

Fortunately for the pilots, the Pacific Ocean offered more room for error than a Kansas cornfield.

More in Opinion

Editorial: Save some shopping for Small Business Saturday

Patronizing businesses in your hometown promotes the local economy and supports jobs. And it’s fun.

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Nov. 24

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Keillor: Don’t count calories today; count your blessings

Load up your plate with gratitude for the gifts of Providence, from profiteroles to procrastination.

Ignatius: An art-world tool could provide more faith in facts

‘Digital provenance’ could provide a trail of evidence that would assure greater confidence in news.

Saunders: Political world wrestles with how to handle gropers

While corporations can quickly fire their bad boys, politics has muddied the fates of its accused.

RFA isn’t providing savings promised to Lynnwood taxpayers

The headline for the front-page article of the Nov. 18 Herald read… Continue reading

GOP tax bill’s trickle-down ethic goes against God’s word

While trickle-down tax policies may be of dubious merit even on purely… Continue reading

Second Amendment didn’t anticipate today’s arms

We have been looking the issues regarding gun control and assault weapons… Continue reading

Most Read