With any new thing, there is usually a bathtub curve of corrective maintenenance. The initial design is also much the same way.
It happened with some frightening engine problems in the A380 Super Jumbo jet. Such discoveries are to be expected. If flying scares you, then adjust your expectations accordingly. Just remember that even a very well designed, time tested aircraft can still be destroyed by a brief moment of inattention by the pilot, as evidenced by the unfortunate 777 crash at San Francisco airport recently.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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