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Old Feb 05, 2003, 08:32 AM
Normen Strobel
Normen Strobel
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Re: Semi-On Topic: X-Wing Fly-Off competition documentary on PBS *right now*

I don't feel bad that Boeing lost, considering that they have other projects
that they could fall back on. This was all or nothing for Lockheed. As for
the titanum bulk heads, I'm assuming it took 5 months for the first one,
since it was machined from titanium block. Now that they have a contract,
I'm sure they will make a mold to produce the bulkheads quicker.

"Martin X. Moleski, SJ" <> wrote in message
> On Tue, 4 Feb 2003 21:52:43 -0500, "Normen Strobel"
> <> wrote:
> >Great Show. Thanks for the heads up.

> I found it by accident and watched all two hours with
> great interest.
> I like the looks of the Lockheed--and the corporate
> name & history. I was impressed by the compliments
> they paid Boeing about its innovative jigs.
> I'm sure the Boeing guys are wishing they'd had a
> complete working prototype of the second edition.
> Based on what we saw on TV, I'd pick the Lockheed,
> too.
> But I wonder about the titanium bulkhead that takes
> 5 months to machine. That's always going to be
> expensive, isn't it?
> Anyway, it gives me something to think about while
> watching the F35 fly for the next FORTY YEARS (!) or
> until I die, whichever comes first. :-O
> Marty

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