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May 27, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Major Order About to Be Placed for 747s, Report Says: British Airways is prepared to order Boeing Co. jumbo jets worth $2 billion, its largest purchase for five years, London's Sunday Times newspaper said. It said the carrier wants between 10 and 15 Boeing 747-400 jumbos to replace its fleet of 747-100s, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. An airline spokeswoman declined to comment. "It is all speculation at the moment," she said.
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May 27, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Major Order About to Be Placed for 747s, Report Says: British Airways is prepared to order Boeing Co. jumbo jets worth $2 billion, its largest purchase for five years, London's Sunday Times newspaper said. It said the carrier wants between 10 and 15 Boeing 747-400 jumbos to replace its fleet of 747-100s, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. An airline spokeswoman declined to comment. "It is all speculation at the moment," she said.
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SCIENCE
January 3, 2009 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A passenger jet powered in part by vegetable oil successfully completed a two-hour flight Tuesday to test a biofuel that could lower airplane emissions and cut costs, Air New Zealand said. One engine of a Boeing 747-400 airplane was powered by a 50-50 blend of oil from jatropha plants and standard A1 jet fuel. Biofuels were once regarded as impractical for aviation because most freeze at the low temperatures encountered at cruising altitudes, but jatropha has an even lower freezing point than jet fuel.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1997 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Though it's one of the first films out in 1997, "Turbulence" feels like yesterday's movie. Its plot dynamics, its dialogue, even its special effects, are familiar for having been employed time and time again. And usually to better effect than they are here. Not for the makers of "Turbulence" is the spending of tens of millions of dollars on computer-generated imagery. Most of the special effects this time around come from simply shaking parts of the set with a venerable device called a gimbal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1995
When the space shuttle Atlantis blasts into the sky, all eyes will be focused on its historic rendezvous with the Russian Mir space station But on an arid, desert lake bed north of Lancaster, several dozen men and women will be focused on a task more down-to-earth, yet no less critical, than the shuttle's mission in space.
NEWS
August 5, 1991 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC San Diego Prof. Donald Norman believes technology has gotten out of hand. In homes across America, improperly programmed VCRs relentlessly flash "12:00," and microwaves spit out lukewarm casseroles. In offices, people inadvertently disconnect calls they meant to put on hold and destroy computer information they meant to save. Norman, director of UC San Diego's Institute for Cognitive Science, fumes over stuff like this. "Today, it is as if people function to serve machines," said Norman, 55.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2000 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A decade after the end of the Cold War sent weapons-systems makers into a tailspin, the Valley remains flush with aerospace businesses--nearly 150 by one recent count. The big hitters, such as Lockheed and Hughes, have closed shop here. Others were sold to distant owners--notably Rocketdyne, sold by Rockwell to Seattle-based Boeing.
NEWS
September 3, 2001 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They began serving passengers as college-educated TWA "hostesses," wearing hats and white gloves. They catered to movie stars and foreign dignitaries seated next to travelers in their Sunday best. Decades later, the glamour is gone. Their airline is about to be merged out of existence. But they still are flying, five flight attendants who have seen commercial aviation change radically along with the country's attitudes toward women and the workplace.
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