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UK Government Invests In Airbus Wing  
User currently offlinePM From Namibia, joined Feb 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 63
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

The UK government has become the largest investor in a €50 million ($65 million) Airbus-led initiative to develop a more environmentally-friendly and more cost-effective wing.


Prudent investment in the country's technological base, I'd say. But not everyone may agree...

Either way, it looks like there's a desire in Whitehall to keep Britain in the forefront of wing design and the expectation of a continuing relationship with Airbus.

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User currently offlineSimProgrammer From France, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

At least the British admit it.

Better then disguising it as a NASA project (composite wing).

I welcome the move cos were all skint!

Drive a bus, an Airbus, easier than a London bus!
User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2948 times:

Also a longer, but not really more informative BBC article on the subject.
Interesting that having a more efficient wing is no longer enough, now it has to be "green". I wonder if it better to have goals set out in the rather vague term "green", than that of efficiency, because either term can mean whatever the user wants it to mean.

The wording seems to me a bit odd and suggests that GoUK has a spot of bother assisting aerospace now that BAEs is not involved. It appears that this is not RLI.

User currently offlineZBA320 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Quoting ORD2pm (Reply 3):
A vs. B!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets go!!!!!

What a stupid comment......

Good news for the UK then!  Smile

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User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

Quoting SimProgrammer (Reply 1):
Better then disguising it as a NASA project (composite wing).

I don't see your point. NASA projects are publicly available in most cases... many NASA innovations have found their way into Airbus aircraft. I doubt this project will be turned over to Boeing in the near future.

That said, in the grand scheme of things, its a minor investment. Sounds like the UK is trying to shore up Airbus relations after BAE backed out.

Quoting ZBA320 (Reply 4):

What a stupid comment......

It is amazing--he's made 10 posts and I'm already expecting stupid comments...

[Edited 2006-12-11 17:12:48]

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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 15361 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2709 times:
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Quoting Dw747400 (Reply 4):
It is amazing--he's made 10 posts and I'm already expecting stupid comments...

At least you won't see any for three days! rotfl 

Meanwhile, back on topic.

Looks like it could be money well spent if Airbus keeps its centre of excellence for wings in the UK.

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