Engineering series 2: The Concorde

Introduction

In the second part this engineering series we will take a closer look at the supersonic passenger airliner Concorde, which was developed in the mid-20th century in France and Great Britain with much public attention.

For me it seems that this impressive example of modern engineering work sinks more and more into oblivion, not least since the trend for airline passenger transports drifted towards huge and comparatively slow jumbo-jets in the last three decades.

“Let’s visit Airbus”

Three years ago I visited the south of France, including …

Engineering series 1: Radar stations on the Wasserkuppe

Wasserkuppe, January 2019

Introduction

On the second day of the new year, I made a short hiking tour to the highest mountain in Hesse (Hessen), the Wasserkuppe.

As an amateur radio operator, this place with its small airfield, eye-catching antennae, and a disused radar-facility on the summit aroused my special interest to learn more about its history.

Just a few kilometers away runs the border to Thuringia (Thüringen), which had been in the cold war era the frontier to the German Democratic Republic (…

The Slight Edge and the Comfort zone

Essay

A couple of months ago I bumped coincidentally into a remote family member at a railway station during a MTB-tour.

I hadn’t seen this person for several years, so I didn’t recognize him at once as I turned round, he gazed at me shortly (somehow surprised), apologized, and hurried to his train without any further words exchanged.

Indeed, I had no actual interest to talk to this person, and it didn’t make a difference at all if he recognizes me or not. The reason was: I ghosted this family …