Originally Posted by billsmith
I see Boeing are having a time ironing out the kinks with the F-35 and how long have the been in that industry. Is Uncle Sam happy I would think not. Will they go somewhere else for their next order absolutely not. So how would you score that. ...
Frankly, that's an extremely poor analogy.
Yes, Boeing have been making planes for a long time. However, you might study the capabilities of the F-35 to understand that each new generation of fighter aircraft is at the leading edge of technology, In fact, during production the the technology encased withing the fuselage - avionics, radar, flight control, and power - have elements that continue to be on the leading edge. There were some elements that we referred to as the "bleeding edge", as they were terribly difficult to make work. That doesn't stop until the aircraft enters a stable configuration during the declining order period of it's lifecycle.
A more proper analogy would be if Boeing still made the DC-9. Would you expect the DC-9, after 50 years of continuous production with the only real changes being modest changes in cockpit technology and passenger seating, to be free of really serious defects? I would.
But we're not talking about airplanes. We're talking about a driveshaft. A two foot long dingus that comes out of the ass end of the transmission and makes the rear wheel go round.
Wouldn't you expect that, after 90 years, they could get that right? I do.
On a cheap Chinese copy of an old BMW I would forgive some quality issues, but on a $25K OTD genuine BMW? Nope.
On the other niggling little issues like switch blocks, valve stem placement, can't see the display, that' just abject inattention to detail and an arrogant not caring about the user.
Bill Lear woulda kicked their asses all over the factory if they worked for him.