The grounding of Boeing's newest passenger plane after three recent malfunctions raises an interesting contrast between the public and private sectors. Test flights of military aircraft often reveal flaws. Tires fell off the first C-5; early V-22s crashed; the F-22 has experienced oxygen supply problems. If the Pentagon wants a plane, however, they fix the problem -- and try to reassure Congress in the interim.
In the private sector, however, mishaps can lead to cancelled purchases -- or customer boycotts. I trust Boeing and I like the looks of the 787 Dreamliner. But I sure hope they can find and fix whatever has caused the recent problems before I'm scheduled on one.