This week in Salon.com's "Ask the Pilot:"
Why are ramen noodles an aviator’s best friend? Find out through an illustrated inventory of the not-so-average pilot’s mysterious black bag.
Plus, Northwest retires the last of its DC-10s, Boeing marks a milestone with the 747, and the heartbreak of Air-India’s terrible new livery:
<< There’s been no shortage of livery abominations lately, but this one is particularly disappointing because it afflicts Air-India, until now wearers of my all-time favorite scheme. How could you not love the former, from the Rajasthani palace window frames to the Nike-style fin flash? It was exotic, classic, understated, refined. All airlines should be those things.
Now, the window arches and striping are emaciated. That scrambled egg up on the tail is a bastardized version of the carrier’s elegant Sagittarian centaur logo. He appears to have been electrocuted. The uniform, like too many airline makeovers these days, gets all gimmicky an flashy, selling out a part of its identity in the process.... >>
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