Wednesday, 21 April 2010

What Ho, Algy! Skies are out for cabbage crates over the briny!

So after much deliberation, hand-wringing and despair the airlines are back in business and 21st century humanity can resume its fragile existence. I disagree with all the complainers though - despite the inconvenience to tourists and disruption to economic activity I would rather The Powers That Be were cautious and undertook some test flights and research with manufacturers about flying through volcanic ash. As Dr Colin Brown of the The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said yesterday "If the engines on an aircraft were to fail, then it's going to crash..." (I suspect the thesis for his Doctorate was The Bleedin' Obvious.)
Meanwhile, here's a spiffing picture of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting whilst lightning is striking, via our chums at NASA. (Click on the picture to embiggificate.) Not even Biggles himself would fly through that!

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