Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/09

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Subject: Re: [Leica] "State of the Art"
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sat, 09 May 1998 17:25:23 -0500

At 05:10 PM 5/9/98 -0400, you wrote:
>seem to remember something called Aurora Project and a fighter sized plane
>called Pulser or something like that. It uses a new type of engine.  Also a

Oh, yeah, I have heard of Aurora. Wasn't sure it was real. Interesting.

>larger aircraft that even less is known about.  I know it sounds far
>fetched, but if you think that the SR-71 was developed in the late 50s and
>we didn't find out about it 'til when?

The new planes must be APO by now. :-)   (answer: the mid 60s.)

The guy who ran the Skunk Works has also said that we now have the
technology to travel to the stars. If anyone else said it, I'd not believe
it. But he was truly a miracle worker. 

He's kind of like the designers of Leica's lenses. They do it for love, and
for absolute bean-counter-free quality. Who else but Leica and Zeiss in the
photo world? Actually, they do take into consideration what we will pay,
but when the military pays, and they pay big, big bucks, something
extraordinary comes out of it. The 180 3.4 Apo Telyt is one example. That
lens would never have existed for the price if the U.S. Navy hadn't paid
for the R&D. So who knows what all this fancy technology will do for
photography in the future? 


Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

The young child is looking in the world to find himself -
reflected in a mirror with a thousand faces.

- -Maria Montessori