Posts Tagged ‘royce’

If You Want to Park Illegally at SFO, Just Slap the Russian Coat of Arms on Your Car’s License Plate

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Thusly, right at the entrance to International Arrivals:

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And thusly:

I should add that it would help if you had a Rolls Royce, and if your license plate had no letters* on it, and if you had a chauffeur to keep an eye on the car…

Oh, to hail from Mother Russia!

*See? ‘Cause it’s “special.”

**Someday, I’ll be special. (I’m a driver, I’m a winner. Things are gonna change, I can feel it.) In the meantime I’ll just have to circle around powered by my straight-outta-Toyota-City 2UZ-FE V-8 with hypereutectic pistons, you know, an engine from this century. The one  what will surely outlive whichever visiting comrade happened to be coming in from Moscow on this particular day…

*** Someday.

Daily Jumbo Jet Flights To Frankfurt Soon to Use Slightly Larger Airbus A380 – Lufthansa A New Deity for SFO’s Cargo Cult

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Where to begin on this one, uh, how about this bit from just last week talking about how long SFO has been waiting for the arrival of regular A380 service.

All right, well, as you might know by now, the news just recently came out about how Lufthansa is going to use Airbus A380′s instead of Boeing 747-400′s on daily flights from Frankfurt, Germany.

Is this really a “windfall,” as the Mayor said (or actually, as the Mayor’s holdover staff wrote)? Well, probably not, as a windfall is something you luck into, like when coconuts fall into your arms from a stiff breeze.

And actually, SFO has been planning for the arrival  of A380 for more than a decade now.

Here’s what it means to be “A380 ready.” See how one plane has three jetways in its gate? That’s one of the ways you can tell that SFO readied itself for the A380.

But actually, what we’re doing is losing service from one double-decker jumbo jet and gaining service from another, slightly bigger, jumbo jet.

Is the A380 really “the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft” as the Mayor says it is?

Nope. A Boeing 747 or 777 making the same flight would burn less fuel.

And will these kinds of flights “help appease Peninsula residents who for decades have complained that it’s too loud to live near the airport or under flight paths?

Nope, not in the least.

And are some A380′s still grounded due to an issue with Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines?

Yep.

And does Lufthansa use A380′s with Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines (instead of the more American, less blow-uppy Engine Alliance GP7200 engines?”

Yep.

Oh well.

(Oh, in other news, the reason why Qantas (oh, snap! “Qantas Incident” is like the most popular search term on Google these days it seems) left us for Texas is because them melon farmers down there paid the Aussies $3.5 million buckaroos to make the move.)

See the press releases, after the jump. Try to contain your excitement…

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A 1936 White Motor Company Bus on the Streets of San Francisco

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Shown on California Street in the Financial District is a White Motor Company vehicle from the 1930′s. Feel free to call it what you will.

The license plate says “36 LIMO” and the company that owns it, The Ambassador’s Rolls, refers to it thusly:

 1936AntiqueRollsRoyceLimousine.htm.

Why don’t we compromise and call it a coach? Click to expand:

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You can see similar vehicles on Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana at Glacier National Park. Glacier’s red buses have been modified a bit for the new millenium. Long may they roll.