Article | Sep 01, 2008
GENERAL From reader Jeff Pardo: When the decal of an American flag is placed on the starboard side of an airplane (usually on the vertical stabilizer), why is it displayed backward? (In other words, the field of stars is on the right instead of the left.) From reader Douglas Dobbin: What airplane had three decks, a dance floor, a dining salon, a smoking room, and tunnels that allowed mechanics to work on the engines in flight? Who made popular the expression, “I feel the need for speed”? During World War II, three American B-29 Superfortresses were unable to return to their home bases because of battle damage. They landed instead on separate occasions at Vladivostok on the east coast of Russia.