Boeing Dreamliner still a dream deferred

By Daily Maverick Legacy 15 December 2009

Boeing's delayed 787 Dreamliner is only scheduled to fly for the first time this week. Airbus is way higher in the sky on this score, with OR Tambo getting to see that new flying bus early in 2010. Even as it takes its maiden flight the Boeing jet faces another nine months of tests before passengers board. The plane is way behind its development curve. It was originally supposed to fly in August 2007 and carry passengers in May 2008, but Boeing found unexpected hurdles with new composite plastics and struggled with the logistics of manufacturing at 135 sites around the world. So for now, the aircraft is a dreamliner deferred, but the costs are mounting day by day. Read more: Business Week

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Want to watch Richard Poplak’s audition for SA’s Got Talent?

Who doesn’t? Alas, it was removed by the host site for prolific swearing*... Now that we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to you about the small matter of book burning and freedom of speech.

Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.

*No video of Richard Poplak auditioning for SA’s Got Talent actually exists. Unless it does and we don’t know about it please send it through.


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