Was going through some of my leisure books from childhood and ran across this in the introduction.
"As described in the appropriate chapters, more exciting developments are to come. The shape of aeroplanes is changing, as wings gaing 'winglets' and fuselages grow 'noseplanes'. And as the changes take place, even more radical developments can be foreseen in the field of propulsion, where 'propfan' has become the buzzword of the late 'eighties. A marriage of propeller and jet engine technologies, the propfan engines under development as this book was prepared hold the promise for the next big step forward in air transportation, ensuring that it remains one of the most dynamic industries for the 20th century."
Source: Green, William, Mowinski, John, & Swanborough, Gordon, ed. Modern Commercial Aircraft. New York: Portland House, 1987. pp 6.
If this book was published in 1987, then the information has to be from at least 1985 and back. So, twentysome years later, does anyone have any comments about what the intro says?
"...one of the most dynamic industries for the 20th century," > hm...