Jason, have you seen the earlier models' dash?? »
That's the 1997 Benetton-Renault.
The car has #18, but the '1' looks like a later addition. If it's really the #8 car, it was driven by Gerhard Berger and Alex Wurz, and it won the German Grand Prix in the old, long, glorious Hockenheim. It was the last win both for Berger and Benetton.
That engine is not the 50 hp NA, it's the later 70 hp 1.6 Turbo. Add an intercooler and some more boost pressure and that thing is good for 100 hp, which won't feel that sluggish (and that car is light). »
Hi Travis, the plane was an MD83 belonging to Swiftair, a spanish company, and they were covering the route for Air Algerie. »
As far as I know, when (the state owned) Olympic Airlines went bust, (the privately owned and newly formed) Olympic Air was given all the routes and assets from the old company. They were forced to serve the old routes for some time, and they decided to "drop some ballast". In order to cut costs they abandoned several… »
The controllers who do all the taxiing and parking and those who control flying work separately. It's been like that for a while (3-4 years?), thanks to politicians' will of creating some sort of privately controlled ATC (which only controls planes on the ground). »
Probably, as Joosep Niit mentioned, they used the 3.6 V8 engine, which saw the light originally as 2 1.8 GTi engines joined together. It was a pretty compact engine, with a length similar to the boxer engine. »
I'd say that german reliability was not sold to americans only, but to every country in the world. I'd say it's a myth in which there was some truth, only that it was long ago. »
That's not correct. If it was an Airbus 330, for instance, the headline would be the same. You always want 2 engines or more on a plane, just for redundancy. Also, keep in mind that more engines equals more engine failure probability. »