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Old Dec 31, 15, 1:15 pm
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Boeing found that the swing wing design wouldn't work with then current technology. The mechanicals would be far too heavy - they ate up all the payload so they couldn't carry passengers.

In reality the SSTs were simply a little too far ahead of their time. The Concorde was seriously impeded by the use of afterburners. Boeing had to make a bet on speed versus volume. They chose volume, Aerospatial-BAC choose speed. But neither could really have predicted how much fuel prices would come to dominate years later.
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