Aerospaceweb.org Polls

March 2001 Poll February 2001 Poll
Should US and British aircraft continue patrolling over Iraq?
Yes
70%
No
26%
Unsure
3%
Total votes: 145
Is the day of the commercial supersonic airliner (e.g. the Concorde and Tu-144) over for good?
Yes
20%
No
80%
Total votes: 64
Comment: Sadaam Hussein is the kind of guy we should probably be keeping a close eye on, but we need to get more allies, and especially nations in the region, to join in the effort. Comment: Despite the optimism of those who voted, the sheer length of the Concorde crash investigation makes it seem unlikely that it will ever fly again. Combined with Boeing's lack of interest in developing NASA's High Speed Civil Transport research into a production aircraft, the prospects for a replacement do not look good.

January 2001 Poll December 2000 Poll
What is the best multi-role combat aircraft in the world?
F-16
20%
Eurofighter
6%
MiG-29
5%
Gripen
3%
Su-27
13%
F-15E
19%
Rafale
5%
MiG-21
1%
F/A-18
23%
Other
6%
Total votes: 80
Should the US military buy the advanced but troubled V-22 or a less costly but less capable helicopter?
V-22
59%
Helicopter
41%
Total votes: 74
Comment: The F-18 did better than expected since there have actually been some problems with the new Super Hornet models due to bad wing design. And there's no love for the poor MiG-21. Despite its age, this is still a pretty impressive plane when fitted with upgraded avionics and the latest weapon systems. Comment: Though the V-22 may be a marvelous idea, it is such a complex machine that it may just not be practical to operate and maintain in wartime. Purchasing an enlarged and improved model of the UH-60 might have been a better solution.

November 2000 Poll October 2000 Poll
Will the Airbus gamble on the A3XX be a
Huge Success?
77%
Costly Failure?
23%
Total votes: 73
Who will be better for the US aerospace industry?
Al Gore
21%
George W. Bush
54%
No difference
25%
Total votes: 87
Comment: It might be wise to remain skeptical about the industry's readiness for this giant since many 747 operators have actually been switching to lower capacity aircraft, like the 777 and A340. Comment: If only aerospace folks decided the election, we could've saved ourselves a lot of trouble.


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