Something’s not Wright about flying in this!

January 28, 2008

plane-2-160.jpgSometimes we write stories about the “world’s oldest living person.” It’s not a title to covet, since it doesn’t last long for obvious reasons.  

Which brings me to this thing in the photos, which we’re told is the “world’s oldest plane.” Would you want to go up in that? Doesn’t this mean that every single plane made before this one either crashed, fell apart or  disappeared over some ocean? So, you do the math. 

“Passengers, welcome aboard World’s Oldest Airlines!  We’ll be serving the world’s oldest pretzels, and showing the world’s oldest movie. That hole in the fuselage is the world’s oldest airplane toilet.  Don’t tamper with the world’s oldest smoke alarm…”

You may be better off in a gyrocopter or a homemade submarine

plane-360.jpgThe world’s oldest plane, the 100 year old Bleriot XI, during the Al Ain International Aerobatics Championship in United Arab Emirates, January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Handout

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Look mommy! I got a cool prize out of my cracker jacks!

Posted by K | Report as abusive

The world’s oldest “living” person? So, shouldn’t this be a story about the world’s oldest “flying” plane?

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

Bob, I’ve flown in many aircraft dating from before the Second World War, and it’s really not all that scary.

At least not after the first few minutes of blind panic, that is.

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive


Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Um, Charlene? FIRST world war?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Looks kind of dopey.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Gyrocopter… hundred year old aircraft… gyrocopter… hundred year old aircraft… Which is the safer platform for a parachute escape?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Open cockpit means no messy airbags!

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

That’s “Blériot”, not Belriot…see this website: r-nf.html

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Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive