Sunday, May 22, 2005

Reverse Engineering
K and I were watching the news the other night. Most nights, Khatami cuts a ribbon at some new bottling plant or oil refinery or similar manufacturing site. On this particular evening a group of mullahs were walking around an airplane in a manufacturing plant somewhere in the world. Iran plans to build its own aircraft, the happy announcer reported.

"They're probably reverse engineering a Tupolov," K said.

"They'll leave the plastic wrap on the nose cone," I responded.

1 comment:

Siroos said...

They're already making the Iran-140 with help of the Ukrainians. One of these planes crashed a while back near Esfahan, killing a number of high-profile Antonov engineers on a trip from Kharkiv to visit the Iranian plant. Those mullahs were probably visiting the Esfahan plant.