Sir - In May 1996, I noted an article which quoted the price of the Eurofighter EF2000 at £34 million ($56.6 million). Two months later, in the UK Times of 22 July, the price was quoted as £50 million.

What is happening? I thought that inflation was supposed to be at an all-time low.


Plymouth, Devon, UK

Make recorders easier to recover

Sir - Following the search for the flight recorders from the Trans World Airlines Boeing 747 which crashed into the Atlantic on 17 July, I believe that this was a "needle-in-the-haystack" job.

The recorders are fitted with "pingers, but is that enough? Could not the recorders, mounted on the tail assembly, have a small explosive charge attached, which would separate them on impact with water?


Bradford-on-Avon, UK

Source: Flight International