I used to believe that Boeing was a shining example of the best any industry had to offer its market. Long ago that was probably the case. I never like Mcdonnell-Douglas after the DC-10 flaws, and I didn't think highly of any plane maker which called its products "buses". However, this 737 rudder matter and Boeings limp evasive response to this problem has left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and has soured me on Boeing for a long time. As far as I'm concerned, an Airbus is no worse than any Boeing. They are all dreary planes coming out of dreary factories. You know what I miss about spotting at the airport? The noise. Watching a plane like 727 or a DC-8 take-off was a sensory experience. You saw it, but you heard its roar too, you saw the smoke, you smelled the jet-A, and you felt the vibration in your bones. Sometimes frightening. Almost awe-inspiring. It stirred the soul. These days, I go to the airport once in a while, I see an A-320 or a 757 take off, and nothing roars, nothing smokes, nothing smells, and nothing vibrates. My soul is not stirred. I'm not awed. I'm left with an empty feeling, a longing to experience what I used to experience in the older days and I am discarded unsatisfied. All I have experienced is a visual illusion. And within a few seconds, that too is gone, disappearing, as it does, into the sky. Who makes better planes? Who cares anymore.