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Biggest Disappointment In Transportation?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3669 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6875 times:

Ok, I tried to slow down on posting more transportation topic, but I love transportation!  




There has been many disappointment in transportation for me. Form planes, ships buses,cars even train, and I wonder, what was some of your biggest disappointment in transportation?


For me.

Boeing, 2707 not being built

Mc Donnell Douglas, MD-12 not being built

FX and 5X canceling their A380Fs orders

US airlines not ordering A380s/748Is

FX ordering 763F instead of 764F, to replace their MD-10 fleet

Concordes retirement

White Star 1928 Oceanic, not being built

Not seeing the SS France/SS Norway, in person

RCCl cruise ship out sizing the QM2

Cunard, deciding to use the Q4 design, for the QE2, instead of the QM and QE like, Q3 design


Not seeing P&O's Canberra in person, it visit Los Angeles, on it's last cruise, but I did not find out until nearly a year later.

Crown Supercoaches, not being built anymore. Those thing would put a All American, Saf-T-Liner HDX and RE 300, to shame.

Infiniti, not produce their GT-R base, V8 powered sedan

Porsche, not producing their early 90's V8 powered sedan

BMW, not producing the M8


Union Pacific, taking the 265-H out of the SD-90 and replacing them with those small 16-710


EMD SD80s and SD90s, slow sales

The shout down of BNSF harbor subdivision

There is more, but I am almost out of time.

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

Amtrak being severely underfunded by the federal government and it's lack of ridership.


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

Watching Back To The Future Part 2 when I was 5 years old has made everything a disappointment  well they have about what 2.5 years left?


As for other realistic:
Chalks Ocean Airways going out of business after the crash of flt 101 and the Watson Islands Seaplane base never growing even though it now has commercial service again.

The Concorde retirement

VW not brining in the Amorak or Scirocco to the US.

Miami-Dade County doing very little metrorail expansion after passing a half penny tax.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6798 times:

Limitations on Long Beach Airport's slots. Though the policy was made when low bypass JT8D engines where common place on short to mid range airliners, planes are now quieter so the question should be brought up once the new terminal is completed.

Possible cancellation of the California high speed train.

For more of the wish list...

747-500X/600X/700X
747X stretch
Boeing NLA
DC-10 twin
L1011 twin
MD-12 double decker
DC-XX/11 twin jet
747-300 trijet / twinjet?
MD-90-55 stretch
717-300X
and of course the 2707, the one with the canard and swing wings



"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." John Masefield Sea-Fever
User currently offline3DoorsDown From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6798 times:

Not having a decent place around Sea-Tac airport to photograph from.
Anything having to do with transportation in the greater Seattle area.
Cancellation of the 757.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19927 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6786 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 3):
747-500X/600X/700X
747X stretch

=748i

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 3):
DC-10 twin
L1011 twin
DC-XX/11 twin jet

=767/777/A330/A350

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 3):
MD-12 double decker

=A380  ( MD's model was prettier)

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 3):
747-300 trijet / twinjet?

=777-300ER

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 3):
MD-90-55 stretch
717-300X

Agreed. Pity rear-mounted engines just weren't as solid a design.

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 3):
and of course the 2707, the one with the canard and swing wings

Yeah...


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13138 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6786 times:

The destruction of the original Pennsylvania Station in NY City. I never got to see it, only the mess left underground.
The lack of real high-speed trains in the USA. I have been on 300 Kms trains in France in 1997 and like trains here would really make it easier to get around certain areas of the USA.
The post-9/11 security extremes at airports.
Almost no domestic 'widebody' flights. Ah, for the days when EWR-LAX was on a DC-10, 747 or maybe a 767, not a 737.
Never able to fly on the Concorde.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

Government mandated CAFE laws!   

Mount Lowe Railway not being maintained and/or rebuild.
San Francisco MUNI train service being so unreliable.
BART being so expensive.
CTA bus fare increase.
Newer buses that no longer allow passengers to open the windows.


Chicago mayor Richard Daly destroying Meigs Field.
San Francisco decommissioning Crissy Field
Closing of Kai Tak

Destruction of I-480 Embarcadero freeway by local grandstanding politicians
Destruction of the US-101 Central freeway to 'save the environment' (make room for expensive condos).
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge new eastern span being made in China instead of Gary, Indiana like the original eastern span.
Neglect and refusal to repave the Angeles Forest Highway beyond Red Box (Mt. Wilson junction).
Perpetual construction-roadwork in the Chicago metro area yet potholes remain.


The Mizar car/plane (flying Ford Pinto) not being successful.

747-stretch not being build.
TU-144 not being reliable
Boeing 2707SST not being build
No US airliner buying the A340, A380 and 747-8I
Midwest Airlines going under
Delta taking over Northwest.
Olympic Airways going under
Twins such as the 777 and A330 replacing majestic 4-engine 747s and A340s in some airline fleets.


Lincoln not building the 2004 Continental concept.
General Motors discontinuing the b-body sedans & wagons after 1996.
Chrysler's 2.2 liter turbo engine
Oldsmobile's gas to diesel conversion
Cadillac's 4/6/8 V8 from 1981
California High Speed Rail boondoggle
Cash for clunkers program

[Edited 2012-06-18 21:01:12]


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineppvra From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8969 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6755 times:

The whole MD-11 failure thing is pretty sad, and that of course means no chance for a MD-XX Stretch. . . what a sexy plane. . .


"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6746 times:

Quoting ppvra (Reply 8):
The whole MD-11 failure thing is pretty sad,



Agreed and the first Varig MD-11s were gorgeous!
Sad to see Vargi gone and the MD-11 leaving passenger service. We at least still have KLM for about another year.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1632 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6736 times:

My disappointments or missed opportunities in transport:

Aviation:

-Never having the opportunity to fly Pan Am (I always wanted, when I was a wee lad, to fly on their 747s)
-Never having flown on the L-1011 (my 2nd favourite after the 747)
-Never having flown on an Aer Lingus 747 (I am Irish, and loved the image of a green 747)
-Not yet had the opportunity to take flying lessons (I still plan to, someday...)
-Not having started flying commercially earlier than 1993 when I was 18
-Not having visited the new IND terminal (IND was my first airport I flew out of, in 1993)
-Not having yet been in the new LHR Terminal 5 (I lived in London 3 years, whilst T5 was being built)
-Not having experienced a flight on Concorde
-Not having yet had the opportunity to fly on the A380 (but I still have plenty of time to get on one)
-Never had the opportunity to fly on a Soviet built airliner (although I enjoyed seeing TU-154s and IL-96s at LHR)
-In short, I was kind of born too late (1975) to experience flying most of the "classic" airliners in my lifetime, before the new wave of mostly twinjet airliners came
-The paranoid atmosphere and security theatre that now characterises the US airport experience
-The nickeling and diming, and lack of service, that now occur in US domestic air travel in Y (which is getting more cramped too)

Automobiles:

-I really miss the full-sized station wagons (I grew up with a 1976 Buick Century wagon and a 1978 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country)
-The proliferation of boring minivans and bloated SUVs that have replaced station wagons for family transport
-The proliferation of look-alike, forgettable sedans and other cars (imports as well as US cars trying to copy the imports)
-The jelly-bean aesthetic of today's cars
-The other extreme of automobile design: the trend to be as ugly as possible
-No more classy looking cars other than the rare Rolls Royce, Jaguar, etc.; nothing like the US full-size sedans and wagons before the mid-1990s/2000s
-Auto ownership becoming more and more economically unfeasible (higher purchase prices, higher gas prices, fees, repairs, rising insurance, etc) yet people not living in a handful of major US cities have to rely on cars and crowded infrastructure to get around

Other land transport:

-No extensive long-distance railways like those in Europe
-Amtrak tries its best (and I enjoyed my recent first Amtrak trip, on Pacific Surfliner), but cannot reach a lot of the USA
-San Francisco's poorly-maintained Muni bus and LRV system; Muni's poor reliability and on-time performance
-Most US cities are so car-dependent, and have little or no semblance of a public transport system; glaring exceptions are NYC, Chicago, and Boston
-European cities (I have lived in London, so I have experience) could teach US cities a LOT about efficient transport!

Ocean travel:

-Never having had the opportunity to sail on QE2, the last of the true great ocean liners
-Not having yet had the opportunity to cross the Atlantic on any ocean liner (once again, born too late for that)
-I hope to cross the Atlantic at least once on QM2 soon before I lose this opportunity forever
-Besides QM2, there is really no regular ocean crossing by ship, neither is it offered as a leisurely alternative to crowded airliners and jet lag

Alternative transport:

-As of yet, no teleportation


SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3036 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6724 times:
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- Hardly any 727s, L-1011s, 707s, DC-8s, and DC-10s left that I can fly on as a passenger
- Whenever the "A" Train runs local
- Orion Buses ceasing production
- Retirement of Toronto's H4 subway trains and the impending retirement of the H5 and H6 cars that are being sold to Lagos, Nigeria
- Retirement of New York's R38 and R40 Slant subway trains
- Filthy, graffiti-laden interiors of MUNI buses. I'm by no means a resident of San Francisco so I can't really comment on its reliability over a longer period of time, but I've heard it's bad.
- Rude drivers and passengers on Miami-Dade Transit
- High fares on the London Underground especially when crossing into different zones



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6722 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 10):
-European cities (I have lived in London, so I have experience) could teach US cities a LOT about efficient transport!
Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 11):
- High fares on the London Underground especially when crossing into different zones




SmithAir747, I hear what you're saying about European rail but as HOONS90 pointed out, it's very expensive. Even the San Francisco BART is more expensive than driving a large V8 powered SUV.
Granted the cost of gas is higher in Europe and I'm not sure if the US is willing to pay so much money to ride on a congested public train when they can drive in the comfort of their own Cadillac or Buick and not limited to just where the train tracks go.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 11):
- Filthy, graffiti-laden interiors of MUNI buses. I'm by no means a resident of San Francisco so I can't really comment on its reliability over a longer period of time, but I've heard it's bad.


Bad is an understatement. Unless you can afford a multi-million dollar condo downtown or in the picturesque hills on the northeast side of town, you need a car in San Francisco to get around. MUNI gives false hope. It's so slow an unreliable. At times it can be unsafe as well.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

So far, my two biggest disappointments:

* have not had the opportunity to visit Europe

* have not had the opportunity to fly on 777



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2715 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6704 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
San Francisco MUNI train service being so unreliable.
Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 10):
San Francisco's poorly-maintained Muni bus and LRV system; Muni's poor reliability and on-time performance
Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 11):
Filthy, graffiti-laden interiors of MUNI buses. I'm by no means a resident of San Francisco so I can't really comment on its reliability over a longer period of time, but I've heard it's bad.

I grew up in San Francisco in the 70's and 80's and moved out of the Bay Area in 1991. I see nothing has changed with MUNI after all these years.  


The biggest disappointment is the lack of high speed passenger rail service in the USA.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6686 times:

Quoting bohica (Reply 14):
I grew up in San Francisco in the 70's and 80's and moved out of the Bay Area in 1991. I see nothing has changed with MUNI after all these years.



At least back then, MUNI used the Boeing street cars that allowed you to open the window when a smelly hippy or homeless person gets on the train. The new Breta cars windows do not open so you're stuck with the bad odor.
You also had the Embarcadero and Central freeways too which allowed easier access in & out of the city. Now you're forced to sit in traffic at the street level and very expensive condominiums have gone up in it's place.

Quoting bohica (Reply 14):
The biggest disappointment is the lack of high speed passenger rail service in the USA.


Thank the NIMBY's, environmentalist and corrupt, well connected political cronies for that.   



I should ad the closing of the NUMMI GM plant, Ford Wixom plant and all other automotive factories in the US.

The loss of AMC, Packard, Studebaker, Stutz and Pierce Arrow.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineaf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2695 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6659 times:

Cars:
-minivans being replaced by crossover SUVs because they look "cooler"
-lack of station wagons in the USA
-discontinuation of the Mercury brand
-all the new cars look pretty much the same

Trains:
-no high speed rail in the USA
-NIMBYs killing off some proposed commuter or light rail projects in Minneapolis
-Amtrak pretty much being a joke besides the Northeast, California, and a few other areas
-media constantly ripping on trains

Airplanes:
-DL order of 787s being deferred to 2020
-no more 747 service by DL to MSP
-Champion Air ceasing operations when oil prices began to spike



It ain't no normal MD80 its a Super 80!
User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6640 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
We at least still have KLM for about another year.

Is KLM going to replace these? I fly on these all the time.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8181 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6618 times:

The fact that, except for 14 European jetliners that are all retired, average cruise speeds have not gone higher than mach .85 since the late 1950s!!!!!


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6576 times:

Quoting mad99 (Reply 17):
Is KLM going to replace these?

They announced that they will retired them in 2015.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 18):
The fact that, except for 14 European jetliners that are all retired, average cruise speeds have not gone higher than mach .85 since the late 1950s!!!!!

That is very sad.
Not only that, these new modern twins coming out today can't even go as fast as the older subsonic aircraft such as the CV880. I think the 747 is the only aircraft left that can cruise at mach .92.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2784 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6570 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 10):
-Besides QM2, there is really no regular ocean crossing by ship, neither is it offered as a leisurely alternative to crowded airliners and jet lag

Most Cruise companies offer transatlantic crossings from Europe to the USA when their ships finish their European seasons.
they may not have the grandeur and pomp of the QE2 but if you just want to realise your atlantic crossing dream...

As for me.

Aviation.

A318 not being succesful, thus having frames being broken up (sad)
Not being able to fly on Concorde (at least I got to see it a few times in LHR)
Swissair   
Sabena   


Cars.
Saab gone bust  

Trains.
meh.

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3631 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 6540 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 1):
Amtrak being severely underfunded by the federal government and it's lack of ridership.



The government should get out of the train business. Long distance train travel is awful. It's expensive and slow, and I work on the railroad!

I can pay slightly more for a plane ticket and be there hours, and sometimes days before, and I still get a free coke!

[Edited 2012-06-19 02:35:26]

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 6533 times:

10-abreast seating on 777s...

DL moving from 2-5-2 to 3-3-3 in their 777s... Sad, sad day.

US airlines racing to the bottom...

Quoting armitageshanks (Reply 21):

The government should get out of the train business. Long distance train travel is awful. It's expensive and slow, and I work on the railroad!

Deutsche Bahn is pretty good, fast, and they have a lot of discounts. (But are they state-owned?)

Spain on the other hand... you're right there! Might be fast, but the tickets are very expensive and the website was absolutely useless in getting any discounts...


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6517 times:

Amtrak is fine and I have no problem with the slow trains and lack of ridership and it's not a huge waste of money. I don't mind the subsidy. It's a very calm and relaxing way to travel as long as you're not in a rush. I don't mind the old interiors either. The seats are very comfortable as a result. On long distance trains, the seats recline and are on par with the old style first class seats on airplanes.


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6461 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
They announced that they will retired them in 2015.

Thanks.
I imagine the 'its paid for' only goes so far.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
I think the 747 is the only aircraft left that can cruise at mach .92.

I think your right. This is my biggest disappointment...
From mad to lax your travel time is like 24 hrs door to door. Remember the sonic cruser concept. I think it was going to slash travel times on long flights by like the above by like an hour...what's the point.


25 windy95 : Took a cruise on the Norway back in 1991. What a great ship. Loved flying into Meig's. Would have some lunch somewhere and then head back up to Palwa
26 Post contains images MadameConcorde : No more flying Concordes - turned into museum artifacts. No more flying Space Shuttles - turned into museum artifacts. QE2 sold to Dubai by Cunard/Car
27 falstaff : Lets not forget the HT-4100.... That thing was terrible. Especially those modern streetcars. If they ran PCC cars all over the line things would be f
28 OzGlobal : Not at all; It's just that the US and UK have not found a successful infrastructure model for a public / private hybrid. Many other countries have an
29 aloges : How come nobody has mentioned airships? As great as the idea sounds, the track record is less than impressive. Almost all of them have ended up in bit
30 AviRaider : Space: No clear direction on the future of manned US space flight. Retiring the Space Shuttles Discountinuing the Saturn 5 rocket. Johnson Space Cente
31 Post contains images Braniff747SP : Absolutely not. It is an essential service for many areas; an alternative to Greyhound (which is garbage) for cheap travel.
32 max999 : In the US, not enough funding for high speed rail didn't going to the Northeast...where the service would get the most use out of anywhere else in the
33 stlgph : TWA going out of business Delta/Northwest merger lack of major crosstown/cross-borough NYC subway services
34 Post contains images Superfly : San Francisco government officials protect those as the sacred cows of the the MUNI fleet. The rest of the fleet is neglected. Which is why I am comp
35 Braniff747SP : What? The NEC is where the Acela is... the only true high-speed train in Amtrak's network.
36 max999 : It only goes above 150MPH for short segments in Rhode Island and MA. Most of the time, the trains in the Northeast are stuck around 90 - 100 MPH in N
37 Braniff747SP : It's still better than any other Amtrak set of routes; the fastest they get anywhere else is about 110MPH. 90-100 sounds like a dream...
38 Post contains links and images Superfly : Nope! In terms of speed, yes but in terms of cool factor and experience, no way! The best is the Coast Starlight; Amtrak - Coast Starlight; Aerobalan
39 Post contains images OzGlobal : Right. The Acela trainset is HS CAPABLE; it is not a true HSR service in today's form. DC-NYC is rough as guts, going at improved speed on a century
40 Post contains images petertenthije : Fokker's bankruptcy. Dornier's bankruptcy. The near-death of most Soviet plane manufacturers / design bureaux. Ryanair. (someone had to say it )
41 Post contains images aloges : How do you disappoint when there aren't any but the lowest expectations in the first place? [Edited 2012-06-19 10:38:31]
42 747400sp : Here is some more. LACMTA, retiring their Neoplan AN 122/3 Skyliners. The recent retirment of their RTS's and Cumming L10 powered AN 440 is disapoint
43 Post contains images Superfly : Come here to Bangkok. Iran Air flies their 747-SP here to BKK. I got a photo 1 month ago. Since you like buses, you'd appreciate our durable Hino AK-
44 Braniff747SP : I meant in speed. Amtrak LD trains are a totally different experience than Acela, often travelling through beautiful places. The only LD train I've d
45 Superfly : The Acela prices rival airfare. The only advantage is that you don't have to go through a full body cavity inspection prior to boarding. You don't ha
46 KiwiRob : Q3 was the wrong ship, it was a pure tranatlantic liner, liners were on there way out, Cunard realised this and built a truly innovative ship, had Q3
47 sturmovik : Never heard of that before, so I googled it.. and what a nice looking bird. Pity it didn't get built. My own list includes : Retirement : L-1011, Con
48 Superfly : I also with the McDonald 119 was a more successful business jets. You can still fly on those.
49 Post contains images sturmovik : By the time I save up to do a trip, those planes will be long gone
50 4holer : Would have loved to see a Convair 880 take off.. And pretty much any 1st gen straight pipe airliner. Or a XB-70, or B-36, or B-58... On land, I'd have
51 northstardc4m : That's not quite what they did... The SD90/43MAC always had the 710 engine in them. The "pure" SD90MAC(H) with the 265H block was only delivered to U
52 Gunsontheroof : Pretty interesting thread we have going on here, I'll echo some popular sentiments and add a few of my own... -The cancellation of the 757 program -BF
53 windy95 : Makes you wonder how a next gen 757 would perfrom against the 321NEO and the 737/900MAX
54 max999 : I believe that monies spent on the Northeast corridor will get you most bang for the buck. There's already an established population that is used to
55 texan : - No high speed rail between the Texas Triangle. And the rail plan in place is horrible (transfer trains in Belton to get from Dallas to Houston?!?).
56 Post contains images 747400sp : Man, I drive school buses for a living, while I am working on my BA degree. It is a lot less streful than being in the Navy.
57 stasisLAX : Truly a huge disappointment. Heartbreaking.... as is the current state of the entire Lincoln brand. And the loss of the Pontiac brand - I am still in
58 747400sp : I will say it, before anybody else say something about it. Yes I forgot to proof read this, and I need to pay attention, to my spelling, and what I w
59 Post contains images DocLightning : OK, I've had it. Sweet reason has failed, so it's rant time WHERE IS MY JETSONS CAR??? We're supposed to be flying to space in 2001 and landing on the
60 Post contains images 747400sp : Yes, Pontiac did have some very nice car, right before demise. The G8 and Solstice, was very great RWD cars, that was beautiful cars, and should have
61 GSPflyer : I was too young to have an opportunity to fly on great aircraft such as the 727, classic 747, Concorde, 707, and DC-10. (I started flying as the DC-10
62 Superfly : Be careful. At least in the Navy you can shoot back. Being a bus driver can be very dangerous in some areas. In the 1960s, it was expected that jetli
63 Post contains links dc9northwest : I don't know, but look at this guy, jetpack inventor (he called it flying backpack): http://www.greenoptimistic.com/2011/...pra-jetpack-inventor/#.T-
64 Post contains images francoflier : We invented something called 'appetite for instant gain' instead? Hard SciFi writers are a hopelessly optimistic bunch... Right after the first jetpa
65 us330 : No hoverboards! Biggest disappointment ever. That was criminal. Penn Station in New York is a total dump--feels like you are a rat in a maze. Provide
66 DocLightning : Yes and no. While the mechanical and transportation innovations described in, say, the movie 2010 are optimistic, the computer predictions are actual
67 747400sp : Yes, but that is thanks to Coach USA with Mega Buses. Also, a lot of these China Buses on the US east coast, to New York and DC, has became popular.
68 PSA53 : I've said it before, but it was pure true disappointment and bitterness,but it was important time for any California aviation spotter or enthusiasts t
69 Post contains images zckls04 : Before: After: Those pesky grandstanding politicians!
70 Superfly : Yep. I stand by my earlier statement. Your could still see the Ferry Building from various angles. Just not the angle in which that photo was taken f
71 DocLightning : Of course, the freeway went nowhere useful. It should have connected to the GG Bridge.
72 Superfly : Are you kidding? North Beach? Chinatown? It cut down commute times to the Golden Gate Bridge as well as commute time to residence in the Marina, Paci
73 Flighty : Bus transit in American cities. It should all get its own lanes, or be replaced by rail. Or be eliminated.
74 4holer : Pittsburgh International Airport as ghost town. Boeing over Lockheed in USA SST competition. (Because Lockheed's might have flown)
75 zckls04 : They're not that bad. I drive up and down the Embarcadero every day, and I'd still rather have the freeway gone. It makes an enormous difference to t
76 Post contains images Superfly : 2 minutes? More like 1 hour if there is a Giants game. Keep in mind, the new ballpark was not located in the SOMA when the Embarcadero freeway was ar
77 IH8BY : As a visitor I thought it was a great way to see America and to appreciate the scale and variety of the country. When you're prepared for a long jour
78 zckls04 : The ballpark being moved to SOMA was a dumb idea which would have been just as dumb if the Embarcadero Freeway was still there. That's a separate iss
79 Post contains images Superfly : Agreed. What's even dumber is that city officials like to pretend that Candlestick Park doesn't exist. Millions of dollars was spent on the MUNI T-li
80 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Sick and tired and fed up of all the taxes we must pay on top of plane tickets. There seems to be a new tax being created every day especially here in
81 flyingturtle : Train fares could be cheaper. Without the Bahncard (50 % deduction on regular train fares), it makes sense to fly within Germany, or from Switzerland
82 SmittyOne : Amen brother. I don't understand how all these billions of people have to be busting our hump all the time given the technological progress that has
84 Post contains links and images Superfly : They're in our automotive factories and prisons. Robots inspired this short film & concept album by Styx - Kilroy Was Here. The big hit off of th
85 Post contains images zippyjet : The Lockheed Electra's short life. It's sad about those crashes. And, instead of a cool bird like the L-188 we got regional birds like the Dash 8, AT
86 747400sp : Here are extra ones: LAUSD, retiring their tandem axles Crown Supercoach form mainline service when I went to high school, and altogether in the early
87 zippyjet : Oil prices declined so the 7J7 and for that matter the entire UDF/Propfan ideas got shelved. However, today there are some prototypes that may use th
88 SmittyOne : No kidding, that guy is the Jedi Master.
89 FlyboyOz : public monorail (that can travel from a to b in long distance)- it's gonna be disappeared soon
90 747400sp : Eventhough this topic is pretty much over, I just had to put these in. DL not ordering BBD Cseires. Southwest/Airtrans merger. Flxible not building th
91 Post contains links srbmod : Hello airplanes? It's Blimps, you win. Bye. Like Randall, I'm still waiting for my flying car.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq2GWRG8s0s While we'
92 Dano1977 : It been mentioned that the cost of London underground, and I agree... Until I saw a documentary series about it. Basic facts... It costs over £3milli
93 747400sp : I think that LV should have thought that monorail though. It should have been put in a better area. Now another disappointment, was Detroit Diesel no
94 Post contains links srbmod : With the Las Vegas Monorail being a private company, they don't have the ability to dictate the location of their line like a gov't controlled transi
95 Post contains images comorin : It's all because the engineers of tomorrow willl end up on Wall Street doing extremely boring work for mucho $$$. Or they go to Stanford to do a poin
96 kiwirob : I bet you would have paid significantly more for that ticket 10-15 years ago, air travel is cheap as chips, I can't even get a taxi home form work fo
97 Flighty : Software engineers are some of the most satisfied workers of any field. But yes, they need some real world hobbies so they don't go insane.
98 larshjort : That's not impossible, my dad got a SE5A /Lars
99 Post contains images tugger : Biggest disappointments? Let's go for: No bridge across the Bering Straights and across the Strait of Gibraltar. Why not. Tugg
100 aerorobnz : The boeing buyout of md the reduction of aircraft manufacturers (and of course that I never flew most of them when/if they were around.) lcc carriers
101 Post contains links and images DocLightning : Yeah, pointless start-ups like HP and Google. DON'T. TRASH. MY. ALMA-MATER!!! Where is the traffic for it? I love the high-speed rail passing through
102 Post contains images Superfly : Is that Sarah Palin's bridge to nowhere? Isn't Europe having problems with an influx of people from Morocco? Doubt they want to make it easier for th
103 Post contains images gemuser : In October this year I will be at the Kennedy Space Centre, my BIGGEST disappointment is that it is NOT to and cannot be to take ship for Luna City o
104 initious : Can only think of 1 at the moment and I'm sure many would agree - Closure of Kai Tak Airport.
105 747400sp : Now I have to agree with you on this. I would have love to see an A380 land at Kai Tak Airport, on youtube or in person .
106 Post contains images comorin : No offense meant! For the record, I think Stanford is the greatest school in the world, next to Oxford and Cambridge.
107 NASCARAirforce : Aircraft: the L1011 gone The DC-10 almost gone The 707 gone except in the military The DC-8 getting retired by DHL and ATI recently, not much left of
108 Braniff747SP : Where did you get that idea from?
109 PHLBOS : He's likely basing his prediction from the US carrier mergers that have taken place in the last 5 years: DL+NW YX+F9 CO+UA WN+FL (still in progress)
110 Post contains images LOWS : Also, it shouldn't take three hours to go Salzburg-Vienna. Or 1hr 30m to go Salzburg-Munich. Those are both still too long. By 2025 Salzburg-Vienna w
111 Post contains images NASCARAirforce : US and AA are likely, then we will probably see a JBU and VX merger or JBU and F9 merger. I was sorta exagerating that we would be down to 1 airline
112 PHLBOS : Is that an official photo of the actual production model? If one does an Image Search for the 2015 Mustang; one gets an array of varied concept desig
113 Braniff747SP : And, please explain, how do we get from there to one airline? It's not like the DOT would allow that, anyway.
114 PHLBOS : Read his later post (Bold emphasis added): As far as DOT (and/or DOJ) allowing that to happen; all its takes is the price of oil to spike again (like
115 kngkyle : How over the past 40 years the government has subsidized the interstate highway system to the tune of $1 trillion, airports by almost $500 billion, an
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