Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, August 4, 2016

But the Pilots Will Have to Handle the Dreaded "Thirteen-Engine Approach!"

NASA has begun working on a new X-Plane, officially designated X-57 but nicknamed “Maxwell.” The electric aircraft will be powered by an impressive fourteen electric motors. Maxwell is the first new X-plane designated research aircraft from NASA in a decade.
"Maxwell"? That would make sense if it was the X-86.

(Origin of the headline)


Nangleator said...

The engine gauges must be a nightmare, not to mention the throttle and prop levers.

I guess they saved on mixture levers.

Keaaukane said...

Maybe it is named for Maxwell's silver hammer?

dinthebeast said...

I didn't know that Get Smart was co-created by Mel Brooks. Learn something new every day, I guess.

-Doug in Oakland

Anonymous said...

Maybe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clerk_Maxwell?

deadstick said...

Anonymous, that's exactly what the name means: an electric airplane, named for the man who developed the four equations at the heart of everything electrical.

reverendken said...

The intro brought back so many memories, THANKS!