10 April 1963 was the first flight of the VJ 101, a German VTOL research aircraft designed for supersonic speeds.

EWR_VJ101

It is now on display in Germany.

Aircraft_VJ101C_LH

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The last post in this series suggested that application is hard. Here I want to share one brief example of application.

Imagine trying to shoot an apple.

Mathematics describes the ballistic arc of the bullet subject to the forces of gravity and drag and the like.

Statistics will tell us that the wind is a significant factor, highly correlated to the accuracy and precision of our shot.

Applied tools of mathematics and statistics tell us whether or not we’ll blow off the head of the boy upon which the apple rests.

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“Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard decided to first start a company and then figure out what they would make. They just started moving forward, trying anything that might get them out of the garage and pay the light bills. According to Bill Hewlett: When I talk to business schools occasionally, the professor of management is devastated when I say that we didn’t have any plans when we started— we were just opportunistic. We did anything that would bring in a nickel. We had a bowling foul-line indicator, a clock drive for a telescope, a thing to make a urinal flush automatically, and a shock machine to make people lose weight. Here we were, with about $500 in capital, trying whatever someone thought we might be able to do.”

Collins, Jim; Porras, Jerry I. (2011-08-30). Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) (p. 24). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

In what looks like a list of dumb ideas, it’s persistence that pays off.

 

Life is a journey. And these are observations from ours.

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3 April 1982 was the first flight of the Airbus A310.

Airbus A310-325 (ET)

Pictured here is the prototype A310.

 A310-200

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An incomplete index of first flights flown in March.

3/1/74 Sikorsky YCH-53E heavy helicopter prototype made its first flight.#flighttest http://ow.ly/3hG7AR #photo via @josemanzella

3/2/1969 – First flight of the British Aircraft Corp (BAC) Concorde #flighttest // Birth of the Concorde #Video http://ow.ly/u979O

3/5/1993 – First flight of the MH02 at Mississippi State University #flighttest http://ow.ly/ufNYg

3/6/1964 First flight of the MiG-25 Foxbat http://ow.ly/vcKcj #flighttest

3/7/2003 – First flight of the Hindustan HJT-36 Sitara #flighttest http://ow.ly/ul1Lv

3/8/1954 First flight of the Sikorsky H-34 / S-58, a piston powered helicopter #flighttest http://ow.ly/unguk

3/9/1949 First flight of the Avro Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft #flighttest http://ow.ly/uoeri

3/10/1959 First flight of the Northrop T-38 Talon #flighttest http://ow.ly/upD0V a miracle in AF acquisitions

3/11/1959 First flight of the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter #flighttest http://ow.ly/usQLR

3/12/2004 First flight of the @EmbraerSA E-190 jet #flighttest http://ow.ly/uv5Id More about Embraer OEM here: http://ow.ly/uv5UC

3/13/1945 First flight of the Douglas TB2D Skypirate #flighttest http://ow.ly/uxnm2

3/14/1980 First flight of the Grob G 109 motorglider #flighttest http://ow.ly/uzS6b

3/15/1971 First flight of the Fokker VFW H-3E Sprinter, tip jet driven experimental helicopter #flighttest http://ow.ly/uCgQ9 #photo

3/16/1976 First flight of the “French RV” Jacques Coupé JC 01 #flighttest http://ow.ly/uDfaF #photo http://ow.ly/uDfbS

3/17/1947 First flight of the North American XB-45 #flighttest via @afmuseum http://ow.ly/uEzUt

3/18/1045 First flight of the Douglas XBT2D-1 Skyraider. Factsheet via @afmuseum Douglas A-1E Skyraider http://ow.ly/uHqEE #flighttest

3/19/1970 First powered flight of the Martin Marietta X-24A #flighttest http://ow.ly/uJLAU http://ow.ly/uJLBX

3/20/1935 First flight of the Grumman F3F http://ow.ly/uMh7F #photo #video #flighttest

3/21/1973 First flight of the Westland Lynx #flighttest http://ow.ly/uOvaJ RW trainer at Empire TPS #photo http://ow.ly/uOvja

3/22/1948 First flight of the T-33 variant Shooting Star http://ow.ly/uRjsP on display at @afmuseum http://ow.ly/uRjxi #flighttest

3/23/1998 First flight of the Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon, an Asian version of the Typhoon http://ow.ly/uRMjZ #flighttest

3/24/1977 First flight of the YC-141B #flighttest http://ow.ly/uTbae

3/25/1955 First flight of the XF8U-1 prototype of the Vought Crusader. (Original F8U Crusader Proposal) http://ow.ly/uVREi #flighttest

3/26/1963 First flight of the Hunting H126 “jet flap” research aircraft #flighttest http://ow.ly/uYTcG

3/27/1994 First flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon #flighttest http://ow.ly/v22FK

3/28/1980 First flight of the British Aerospace Jetstream 31 #flighttest http://ow.ly/v6Lhc via @cfmcharter

3/29/2010 First flight of the HAL Light Combat Helicopter #flighttest http://ow.ly/v9HTu

3/30/1994 First flight of the Stewart S-51 Mustang kit plane #flighttest http://ow.ly/vc4Ck

3/31/1995 First flight of the Myasishchev M-101T #flighttest http://ow.ly/vcIeg

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27 March 1994 was the first flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

RSAF_Typhoon_at_Malta_-_Gordon_Zammit
Typhoon_f2_zj910_canard_arp
Cockpit video footage

For more information visit the Eurofighter website.

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Assimilation of knowledge, or at least, of information, is easy.  One could read the safety and accident reports from every flight test accident in the last twenty years:  This is knowledge. Using this information to identify risks and create strategies for avoiding or mitigating these risks is application.

Application is difficult, even though in hindsight, it often seems trivial, as Jim Collins illustrates in Built to Last.

We could have simply put the visionary companies off in a corral by themselves, studied them, and asked the question “What common characteristics do we see across these companies?” But there is a fundamental flaw in merely pursuing a “common characteristic” analysis. What would we find if we just looked for common characteristics? Just to use an extreme example, we would discover that all eighteen of the companies have buildings! That’s right; we would find a perfect 100 percent correlation between being a visionary company and having buildings. We would also find a perfect 100 percent correlation between being a visionary company and having desks, and pay systems, and boards of directors, and accounting systems, and— well, you get the idea. We agree that it would be absurd to then conclude that a key factor in being a visionary company is to have buildings. Indeed, all companies have buildings; so discovering that 100 percent of the visionary companies have buildings tells us nothing valuable.

Collins, Jim; Porras, Jerry I. (2011-08-30). Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) (pp. 13-14). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

I suggest that application is difficult because we don’t know what it looks like. One might compare finding new applications with the blind men describing an animal they had never seen before.

Related posts
A stands for Applied
Who goes first?

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