Okay, so I know I’ve ranted in the past about <a title="Hey American Air – How about you buy your namesake?" href="http://www.airsnark navigate to this web-site.com/2011/07/19/hey-american-air-how-about-you-buy-your-namesake/”>“patriotically named” airlines that don’t fly American planes. It’s a particular pet peeve of mine. I mean “US Airways (brought to you by a European consortium)” and “American Airlines (soon to be brought to you in part by a European consortium)” – that bugs me. We make planes here in the United States; airlines, how about you buy them? Alaska and Southwest has been doing rather well standardized on the Boeing 737. Continental was all Boeing, until United grabbed them up. But hopefully with Continental’s CEO at the helm of United, that “Buy American” attitude will continue.
But all that may change soon… Airbus has factories in France and China, but they’re about to build a plant in Alabama, in Mobile – the town I was born in. This is cool – but still, it’s still not an American plane. So it bugs me, but not as much as it did before.
Don’t listen to me… I’m bitter since my two favorite planes – the Boeing 757 and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 – were put to pasture. There’s just something about being a passenger on one of the classic birds; just on your taxi out, you can feel how much the plane wants to escape the bonds of Earth, and glide along the wind.