The recent interview of Boeing CEO James McNerney (AW&ST July 14, p. 62) was disappointing, especially compared with SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s vision. It sounded like Boeing was ready to throw in the towel. If there is ever going to be a breakthrough in science, technology, flight and whatever is beyond, it will come from outside of our two traditional airframe manufacturers. SpaceX? Possibly, but it could emerge from an entity none of us know of yet. Historically, ...

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