I am sometimes amazed by all the optimism of the dozens of Western aerospace executives shuttling in and out of the Comac (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China) headquarters in Shanghai. Most have not made a dime yet on the business, but they continue to send dozens of engineers to China, invest millions to form joint ventures with Chinese aerospace companies, and diligently educate the Chinese on the basics of commercial aircraft-building, hoping one day that these costly efforts will turn into big money. Unfortunately, I do not share the same sentiment.
This advert appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology a little over eight years after the iconic Dart engine powered the maiden flight of the prototype Viscount. The engine helped make the Vickers Viscount one of Britain's best-selling aircraft....More