Graveyards transmit a sadness and a loneliness. The morbid thought that you are no longer useful, that the world will go on without you and forget you forever lords over us like a vulture. This is true for man and it is true for machines.
And sometimes 'the remains are sold to nearby scrappers.'
possible, the question is why hasn't Unmanned commercial flight attended to cash paying customers?
Invariably the same culprit in savior's clothing drops his calling card, "We are from the government, and we are here to help."
Much of daily life is automated and the prospect of flight entering into that automation intrigues many consumers. The military has proven this technology to be a very useful tool. Unmanned passenger flight is untested but why not automate air freight?
|Didier Lenormand, Airbus|
Think of how many tons of goods could be shipped worldwide and with inflight refueling you could have a floating gas station. It would free up qualified pilots for passenger traffic and open up new jobs for UAV Commercial operators.
If we don't innovate out of common sense, or greed, perhaps we should do it out of fear. What's going to happen in 2020, when we don't adapt this technology in 2020 when China's industrial output exceeds Europe? If we don't someone else will.
How does this relate to Tucson and the Boneyard? Tucson's Boneyard stretched 2,600 acres containing 4,200 aircraft with an inventory valued at $ 42 billion.
If Lockheed Martin were to sell Uncle Sugar a C-141 Starlifter brand new, it would cost the taxpayer $ 42 million dollars. But an American company could not buy a C-141 off of govliquidation.com. Only foreign governments can buy what is sitting in our scrapyard collecting dust.
We have thousands of square acres of unused inventory to make up this coming air freight boom. If the government would allow its citizens to acquire aircraft destroyed and sold for scrap such as the C-141, C-130 and the B-52 provided it be converted for civilian use. If the government would allow Unmanned Commercial Flight, we could see the largest peacetime economic boom to this economy since the Gadsden Purchase of 1853.