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January 2004 Poll #2 January 2004 Poll #1
Do you trust Libya to be fully open and honest about eliminating its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction?
Yes
32%
No
55%
Undecided
13%
Total votes: 123
Which Democratic presidential candidate is best suited to be commander in chief?
Dick Gephardt
2%
John Kerry
3%
Al Sharpton
2%
Joe Lieberman
8%
John Edwards
0%
Howard Dean
7%
Carol M. Braun
1%
Wesley Clark
18%
Dennis Kucinich
2%
None
51%
No opinion
6%
Total votes: 126
Comment: While one must always be skeptical of the intentions of dictators, Muammar Qadhafi seems to have long ago learned that being a "rogue nation" is not all that desirable. Aside from the tragic Pan Am 103 bombing of 1988, Libya has become increasingly hostile to terrorist groups and seems eager to attract foreign investment. Progress has been so encouraging that the UN suspended economic sanctions in 1999. Libya's new-found openness about its weapons programs is indeed a promising sign, one that should be welcomed as the nation slowly emerges from decades of economic ruin. Comment: This poll was intended to provide an opportunity for us to endorse one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination, but we could not agree on one. Even so, we were not nearly as pessimistic as our respondents, who apparently have more faith in "none of the above" than all of the Democratic hopefuls put together!

December 2003 Poll #2 December 2003 Poll #1
What is the most revolutionary aircraft in history?
P-51 Mustang
4%
Boeing 707
6%
Wright Flyer
22%
DC-3
4%
MiG-21
6%
UH-1 Huey
2%
X-1
4%
Concorde
10%
Spitfire
2%
Piper Cub
0%
SR-71 Blackbird
22%
X-15
5%
Santa's sleigh
11%
Total votes: 334
What event was the most significant in the history of flight?
Moon landing
14%
First jet engine
8%
Wright brothers
47%
First aerial combat
3%
First man in space
5%
Sound barrier
8%
Lindbergh flight
4%
Sputnik
4%
First airline flight
4%
Other
2%
Undecided
1%
Total votes: 250
Comment: This question was primarily intended to provide some holiday season levity rather than a serious contemplation of aviation history. Nonetheless, Santa faired relatively poorly, indicating that 89% of you are going to get nothing in your stocking next year but coal! Seriously though, we'd have to say that the DC-3 is probably the single most significant aircraft in history because its revolutionary design had such a profound impact on both commercial and military operations. Comment: Since this question was posed during the 100th anniversary of flight, it is not at all surprising that the Wrights took such a commanding lead. For comparison, check out the selections of our own staff members on this subject.

November 2003 Poll #2 November 2003 Poll #1
Should militaries construct directed energy weapons capable of disabling enemy electronics and computers?
Yes
90%
No
9%
Undecided
1%
Total votes: 110
How long do you think it will be before a supersonic replacement for the Concorde enters service?
5 years
18%
10 years
32%
20 years
30%
Never
19%
Total votes: 142
Comment: Many nations are already heavily investing in directed energy weapons, with China apparently leading the pack. What we find most distressing is the fact that our European allies, like Germany and the Netherlands, are developing such weapons that appear to primarily exploit vulnerabilities in American electronic systems. Comment: The airlines do not appear to show significant demand for a supersonic airliner, so the prospects for a Concorde replacement are slim, at best. The only manufacturer that has invested any resources into developing a new supersonic transport is the Russian firm Tupolev. Given the financial instability of most Russian companies, a supersonic airliner being developed within ten years seems awfully optimistic. NASA also spent a number of years developing new technologies for a High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT), but the ultimate conclusion was that such a plane is simply too expensive to operate in today's business climate.


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