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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    strengthening the Kremlin s hand in its efforts to secure a significant role in the development of the Airbus A350 XWB Extra Wide Body a potential rival to the Boeing 787 A final announcement from Airbus on the A350 XWB project is expected this month Whatever the future holds for Moscow s Airbus connection the missed deadline with Boeing is bad news for those concerned about Russian air safety At the earliest the 787s originally contracted for 2010 2012 now will not arrive in Russian until 2014 For some passengers facing the prospect of flying on aging Aeroflot aircraft those two additional years may well mean Eternity In other news this past week the Moscow Prosecutor General s Office arrested Alexander Surikov general director of the aircraft parts supply company SB 120 Sheremeyetvo SB 120 has a warehouse at the Moscow airport but is not affiliated with the airport authority itself Surikov was taken into custody along with Viktor Gamayunov the company s Chief Engineer The two have been charged with fraud document forgery and violation of airline safety rules for supplying faulty aircraft parts and for conspiring to sell parts with expired service lifetimes The company had come under scrutiny during investigations into the sorry state of Russian s civilian aviation programs begun in the aftermath of the Tu 154 and A 310 crashes earlier this year If Thomas Lifeson s speculations regarding the Kremlin s motives for missing the deadline on the Boeing agreement are correct they would suggest Russian officials willingness to sacrifice safety on the alter of perceived state interests This would be a callous and cynical approach to rebuilding the country s aviation program but one unfortunately not without historical precedent ScP Discussion 0 Jewell of a School November 3 2006 9 12 am Filed in Avia Corner Public Lectures I just returned yesterday from a trip to Liberty MO where I delivered at talk on the campus of William Jewell College one of the country s finest liberal arts institutions The students were sharp their questions informed and the turn out was great Especially given that a new South Park episode aired that night Many thanks to Dr Thomas Howell Chair of the Department of History at Jewell for hosting the event ScP Discussion 0 In Defense of Russian Backwardness October 25 2006 4 24 pm Filed in 19th Century 20th Century Avia Corner Historians Modernization For the last two weeks H Russia a list serv discussion board catering largely to academics and graduate students has hosted a lively debate regarding utility of the term backwardness in studying and describing the history of Russia The discussion emerged out of a previous thread devoted to foreign travelers accounts of Russia many of which like the one penned by the Marquis de Custine in 1839 depicted Russians and Russia in what can only be described as highly unfavorable terms Contributors to the debate quickly came to focus on the utility of backwardness as an analytical tool

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » America’s Finest
    impressed I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in MAJ John Hodgson s course on Europe in Transition and Revolution The class discussion on Napoleon s impact on European society and culture was lively well informed and thoughtful in short everything that an instructor could hope for Thanks to Dr Larry Mansour Dept of Foreign Languages and MAJ John Nawoichyk Dept of Military Instruction for inviting me out and organizing

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Arresting developments in Russian aviation
    about this week s news that Aeroflot missed a key deadline in its interim agreement with Boeing for the purchase of 22 of the American firm s 787 Dreamliners As a result of the Russian government s failure to approve formally the 3 billion deal by November 1st Aeroflot has lost out on a discount of some 10 15 million on each of the planes Thomas speculates that the decision may be a gambit aimed at further strengthening the Kremlin s hand in its efforts to secure a significant role in the development of the Airbus A350 XWB Extra Wide Body a potential rival to the Boeing 787 A final announcement from Airbus on the A350 XWB project is expected this month Whatever the future holds for Moscow s Airbus connection the missed deadline with Boeing is bad news for those concerned about Russian air safety At the earliest the 787s originally contracted for 2010 2012 now will not arrive in Russian until 2014 For some passengers facing the prospect of flying on aging Aeroflot aircraft those two additional years may well mean Eternity In other news this past week the Moscow Prosecutor General s Office arrested Alexander Surikov general director of the aircraft parts supply company SB 120 Sheremeyetvo SB 120 has a warehouse at the Moscow airport but is not affiliated with the airport authority itself Surikov was taken into custody along with Viktor Gamayunov the company s Chief Engineer The two have been charged with fraud document forgery and violation of airline safety rules for supplying faulty aircraft parts and for conspiring to sell parts with expired service lifetimes The company had come under scrutiny during investigations into the sorry state of Russian s civilian aviation programs begun in the aftermath of the Tu 154 and A

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Jewell of a School
    MO where I delivered at talk on the campus of William Jewell College one of the country s finest liberal arts institutions The students were sharp their questions informed and the turn out was great Especially given that a new South Park episode aired that night Many thanks to Dr Thomas Howell Chair of the Department of History at Jewell for hosting the event ScP No comments yet RSS feed

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » In Defense of Russian Backwardness
    useful it is essential to understanding Russia s past Without it much if not all of Russia s 19th and 20th century history is difficult to comprehend Here on 10 24 David Goldfrank ruminated that the West has been awfully good at setting such trajectories of development and progress as the ideal I think that comments of this sort reveal the cultural conceit that s been an undercurrent of the H Russia discussion from the beginning namely that the West forced upon Russians a false consciousness of their backwardness in the face of the Western superiority those scare quotes belong to others not me More concretely aside from a handful of Harvard intellectuals in the mid 1990s I m having trouble thinking of Westerners who have traveled to Russia carrying suitcases full of plans intent on transforming the country along European lines I have much less troubled coming up with numerous Russians who on their own traveled abroad only to return home wondering what s wrong with Russia As Alex Martin noted in a much earlier post it s been Russians themselves typically the county s foremost thinkers and statesmen who ve acknowledged criticized and attempted to reverse Russia s backwardness relative to the West Are those who advocate that backwardness is a Western imposition suggesting that Tsar Peter the Great Peter Chaadaev Nikita Murav ev Pavel Pestel Alexander Herzen and countless others weren t thinking for themselves when they identified and condemned Russia s backwardness while attempting to implement or merely devise projects for reform based on Western models that would enable Russia to catch up with the West In short I don t see the argument that backwardness together with its attendant concept progress is a foreign construct forced upon the country by Westerners as convincing In fact I don t even see it as an argument In a related matter I am struck by the extent to which the H Russia discussion has so far overlooked ignored the historical sub field that arguably has the most to contribute to this debate the history of science and technology Tellingly as regards science and technology backward is not a relative culturally constructed term It is an objective measurable fact While it is true that technological progress is not inevitable or guaranteed the reality is that since the mid 16th century technology has developed at a dizzying pace and the West has led the way Over time technology has become more complex Insofar as it has also become capable of undertaking tasks more efficiently and effectively it has improved It has become more advanced For example relative to an F 22 Raptor the Blériot XI that first flew the English Channel in 1909 is backward The point I want to raise is that Russia s comparable level of technological development has been central to fostering Russians perception of their country s general social cultural political etc backwardness Moreover the reality of technological backwardness is key to understanding the history of

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Ten Songs about Airplanes
    but something else the power of music to lift one s spirit like well an aeroplane Motörhead Bomber iTunes Inspired by Len Deighton s növel of the same name aböut a 1943 Allied bombing raid över Nazi Germany this classic title track from Motörhead s 1979 double album is perfect for thöse folks whö prefer their aviatiön inspired röck n röll to have a metal edge Tö get the full sönic effect turn the völume tö 11 Afroman Airport iTunes In this radical departure from his artistic oeuvre focusing on reefer malt liquor Cadillacs and women former airport baggage handler turned MTV hip hop star Joseph Foreman AKA Afroman provides fans with a post 9 11 cri de coeur about the perils of flying while black This track sounds best when accompanied by a blunt and a 40 oz Or not Kinky Airport Feelings iTunes Combining Latin favored techo pop beats and driving percussive rhythms the five piece Mexican dance funk band Kinky has garnered world wide acclaim for their unique sound and carnivalesque live performances Airport Feelings one of their few songs sung in English rather than Spanish captures well the band s high energy and infectious vibe Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark Enola Gay iTunes If you thought that sappy synthesizers and vapid lyrics were de rigueur for the New Wave of the early eighties that s because you ve never heard the saccharine synthesizers and too clever by half lyrics of this classic tribute to the B 29 that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima Dash Plane Song iTunes Nawhlins native and regional favorite Dash AKA Dash Rip Rock has been a staple on the club circuit in the Southern US since the late 1980s Despite never catching the break they needed to move on to bigger things they ve recorded a number of good tunes including this one Plane Song a send up of one former band member s fear of flying appeared on Dash s 2003 disc Sonic Boom Ass Ponys Fighter Pilot iTunes Another hard luck indy band the Cincinnati based Ass Ponys appeared on the verge of commercial success in the mid 90s after signing with A M records Their first major label release Electric Rock Music 1994 fared well garnering them airplay videos and an MTV appearance Unfortunately a band reshuffle dour lyrics and little label support for their follow up The Known Universe got them sent back down to the minors in 1996 the same year that Macarena topped the U S charts for a record setting 14 straight weeks Go figure This excellent tune Fighter Pilot turns up on the band s 2000 indy label album Some Stupid with a Flare Lord only knows where and when that embarrassing video of you doing the Macarena will turn up BONUS SONG Cake I Bombed Korea iTunes OK airplanes only figure tangentially in this tune But it s the only Cake song that comes close to qualifying for the list And I like

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » Avia-Corner
    each from Boeing and Airbus The decision comes as no real surprise indicating the Russian state s interest in maintaining good relations with both the American company and the European consortium ScP Discussion 0 EADS Says No to Greater Russian Role in Company September 15 2006 9 59 am Filed in Airbus Avia Corner Contemporary Aviation Yesterday the European consortium EADS rejected Russian demands for a seat on the company s board of shareholders The news comes on the heels of last week s 1 billion stock purchase that gave Russia s second largest bank the state controlled Vneshtorgbank a 5 stake in the company that owns Airbus President Vladimir Putin s foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko subsequently indicated that Russia wanted representation on the EADS shareholders board and intended to purchase additional stock for the purpose of acquiring a blocking minority In a joint statement issued yesterday EADS co chairmen Manfred Bischoff and Arnaud Lagardère dismissed the Russian demand as impossible under the terms of the company s governance agreement noting that The existing corporate governance rules and structure have proved their efficiency for all shareholders It would not be in the interest of the company to change corporate governance or enlarge the group of industrial shareholders Continue Reading Discussion 0 Raise the Macon September 13 2006 3 17 pm Filed in Accidents Airships Avia Corner Constructed for the U S Navy in the mid 1930s for the purpose of undertaking reconnaissance over the open seas the USS Macon was the largest dirigible in American history Requiring 6 5 million cubic feet of helium to inflate and weighing 400 000 pound 785 foot long airship was a flying behemoth Its interior was sufficiently large to accommodate a crew of 100 and up to five airplanes which could be launched

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  • Dictatorship of the Air » New Frills, New Features
    courtesy Lisa Sabin at E Webscapes design In the interim we ve jazzed things up a bit by creating unique headers for each of the site s various sections More important the Avia Corner now includes a Recent Posts column as well as an index function that allows readers to locate material by subject and or month There s also a new search engine if you re looking for a

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