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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000701.txt from 2001/04

From: Mark Charette <charette@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] "everyone knows" ..... correction
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 16:14:40 -0400

On Sun, 29 Apr 2001, Neil Leupold wrote:
> --- William Wright <Bilwright@-----.net> wrote:
> > <><> I wrote:
> > One 'impossibility' that amused me was a rigorous proof by an
> > aeronautical engineer in the 1940s (1920s?) that airplanes will
> > absolutely never be able to fly faster than 300 mph
> >
> > Well, I messed that one up! I should have looked the article up
> > before I posted.
> >
> > After I received an email that a plane hit 460 mph in 1939, I did
> > look it up. The article (October 1928) actually said that a
> > plane/rocket/whatever would need to fly at an _altitude_ (not speed) of
> > 300 miles in order not to be destroyed at speeds of 1000 mph.
> >
> > My apologies.
>
> Indeed. To us discerning clarinetists, oversights like these are
> well nigh unforgivable.

To us discerning engineers and researchers, oversights like this are what cause "urban legends/myths" to be founded, used often in conversation becuse, of course, "everyone knows".

Mark C.

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