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Wendover Productions (2 months ago)
I'm very excited to release that documentary that I teased in the ad-read at the end! It'll go up on Nebula at the end of November, but make sure to sign up for the Curiosity Stream/Nebula bundle so you can see that right when it comes out: http://CuriosityStream.com/Wendover
Drone_Better (1 month ago)
@Ivar Nesje *Laughs in SponsorBlock.*
Luke Trust (2 months ago)
Fine, fine. I signed up.
C Smith (2 months ago)
Maybe the paid streaming service would be an easier sell if you actually told people what the documentary was about? Though I guess it’s appropriate that we don’t have more than a nebulous idea of what to expect.
nebletic (2 months ago)
Ok boomer
Justin Moore (12 days ago)
This is a world war. I hope we are not the only ones paying for it. We fucking probably are.
Johnathan Geek (14 days ago)
290 million may not be much in terms of the whole annual budget... but it is all borrowed, and not only borrowed but borrowed on the backs of our children. That is the way to think about all unnecessary government spending.
Crypto (16 days ago)
Why can't the flight be more comfortsble at a lower price if basically the US contributes to the ticket costs???
Daniel Rios (17 days ago)
I wish they would pay our tuition
Joey mp4 (18 days ago)
I suggested this..
c a t (20 days ago)
Wouldn't it just be more efficient and economical to A) create a government-owned airline and B) build rail connections between places with SHORTER journeys?
Solaris//Mapping and Gaming (18 days ago)
Its america its never going to happen
Matthew Shortle (22 days ago)
Durango, CO represent
Cormac Rohda (27 days ago)
I'm starting to think that wendover is from presque isle ME. It's in almost every video about where airlines fly and how
glasslinger (1 month ago)
This also pays for mail and package delivery to these smaller towns, which would be drastically slower if it was all by truck. Still, you are holding people at gunpoint to take tax money from them to subsidize these programs. Maybe it would be better to move the people out of these remote towns, or let them face reality if they remain there.
AirplaneExpert (1 month ago)
Me: *PLANES* Wendover: *P L A N E S* Everyone: You good?
Filipe Saramago (1 month ago)
By "Europe" what's meant is actually "EU". Public service contracts are an EU regulation
jeffrey skoritowski (1 month ago)
The United States government used to require bus operators to go to small towns as part of their operations license. Almost put Greyhound out of business.
TY'carter Tracks (1 month ago)
As somone who lives in Victoria I’ll say that tens of thousands use them planes a year to get to Houston and Dallas cause it cost only 60$ and they can be to work and back home to Vic in a day every day for 100$. For these old people down here that’s a blessing
Prashant Garg (1 month ago)
using taxpayers money for subsiding ski resorts?
Evensong (13 days ago)
When they leave the airport and proceed to pay to ski (and likely rent hotel rooms, visit shops, restaurants and the like) they add a lot to the economy though Giving business money, taxes, jobs and the like; wash and repeat for hundreds of millions of tourist and you have a net gain. So.. Yeah Using Taxpayers money for subsiding ski resorts.
manihot (1 month ago)
While in other parts of the world, people simply use buses and trains.
Matthew Southwell (1 month ago)
You have to keep in mind that with traffic HGR is more than 2 hours away from BWI and with the free parking at HGR and the added cost for gas to and parking at BWI this is really more detrimental to those of us that use it. I would dive the 1/2 hour to HGR from Martinsburg WV who has a comparable airport but no flight service to HGR then onto BWI. In essence you have now moved the closest connection for many further removed small town farther down the line that now are faced with much longer trips at an increased cost who already come from lower income towns. It's not as cut and dry as you make it sound. Basically this kind of thinking hurts rural America.
Econael (1 month ago)
So every US citizen is paying so that people in small towns can fly by plane. Also paying so so that airlines don't come up with more efficient ways for small amounts of traffic.
CaeserOct (1 month ago)
Wow a government subsidy for towns where the locals are constantly complaining about the evils of socialism.
Michael Zaite (1 month ago)
4:15 I flew that EXACT plane on Air Service routes in '08 out of Cleveland. Loved those routes and that plane. So much better than the Hub to Hub runs we had. It felt useful, as opposed to just being slightly cheaper than running an RJ.
saket mundhada (1 month ago)
Nobody cares about your stupid documentary
Dennis O (1 month ago)
Curiosity Stream or Nebula seem interesting. I'm interested but never visited them, all I know is they're Science Channel. It would be a lot easier to entice people to come over if they know some examples of show that's in there rather than telling people that they have specials (which of course they may or may not like).
sophrapsune (1 month ago)
Being such a great communicator about logistics, you should do some similar work about passenger rail services. On a recent trip to Europe, after both rail and flying, it was clear that passenger rail was the superior choice for intercity travel. It would be great to understand why, say, trains are full on some European routes yet are almost unviable in the US and Australia.
Jacob H. (1 month ago)
Love your videos but 5:12 the smallest Plane operated by Envoy (American Eagle) is the ERJ 140 with 44 seats.
hyper troll chris (1 month ago)
Like obama phone
JerryPussyMouse (1 month ago)
nice
mr_nice_hearted (1 month ago)
Telluride landing.....quite tricky!
Amos Bairn (1 month ago)
$290m is less than a dollar per person in the US
Ziva David (1 month ago)
It is only a scam of the usa empires' fuel hoax....
Thijs van Leeuwen (1 month ago)
As usual, a government frustrates a market with a subsidy instead of letting the best product or service prove itself.
Astral'o Pithecus (1 month ago)
Essential? The US leaves people on the streets (especially veterans) because they have to pay the plane ticket of someone that is too lazy to drive a car or ride a train for a few hours...
Lynn Boudreau (1 month ago)
The background music ..John Cullen
TheMiguel (1 month ago)
it doesnt make sense for Pueblo to have a subsidy since its 40 minutes away from the Colorado Springs airport lol.
Next Gen Gamers (2 months ago)
I'm from Victoria and didnt even know that
Hsfjeldnfd Hejfnfdnslcjwk (2 months ago)
Why don't they put that money into railways instead?
godwhymenowman (2 months ago)
I still like Sandwiches
Rohil Bathija (2 months ago)
Can you do a video talking about how people wanting to enter aviation can do so?
August Noë (2 months ago)
Why the fuck is the plane floating at 4:21
Andriy Gushchyk (2 months ago)
When Wendover Productions will finally make a video about Wendover airport?
TableCat (2 months ago)
4:20 that wheel seems to be very strong
Nachiket Malpathak (2 months ago)
Waiting for your original porn series called "Bendover Productions"
Smells like teen Hitler (2 months ago)
The porn name already exists . Some English dude. It wasn’t exactly top shelf
microchip470 (2 months ago)
Another Government program that needs to end!
Charles Sabbithi (2 months ago)
Thank you, that was very informative.
Sparta 300 (2 months ago)
9:14 I compete against Hagerstown for high school sports all the time
Andrew Lightbody (2 months ago)
I live in Victoria, TX!
Nardstorm (2 months ago)
Someone knows that Pueblo exists? I’m so ashamed
Djuntas (2 months ago)
The USA needs to get train infrastructure. To take a plain for such a short travel...well sure, why not. Anywho I know he covered this in other videos why USA dont.
David Gretzschel (2 months ago)
@Wendover Productions Why do those airlines not operate a bunch of Cessnas with 2 passenger seats (or whatever else is small)? If they waste money flying 50 seaters with no passengers, it seems that if the subsidy was instead "per passenger transported", you could connect perhaps a hundred more small communities for the same price. It seems that the structure of the subsidy is highly inefficient. Like they're mostly burning money for the sheer joy of it.
David Gretzschel (2 months ago)
4:19 excuse me? How the hell is that plane floating like that?
EmperorOfPotato (28 days ago)
The gear is attached to the engine you can see it right above the stairs
Adrian Gallacher (2 months ago)
Please do the logistics of the UN general Assembly!!!!!!!!!!
cgarzs (2 months ago)
Real classy, just rub that exclusive paywalled content in my face. No harm in going broke paying for the increasingly splintering streaming world. Right?
gaymer1 (2 months ago)
i dont even mind the fact that u just post plane videos
InventorZahran 327 (2 months ago)
Next episode: The U.S. Government Program that Pays for Your Nebula Subscription
InventorZahran 327 (2 months ago)
We call it The Essential Video Service
Bruce Bartman (2 months ago)
China never ceases to amaze me.Regardless of the project, China gets it done. you Go Chinc Go!
DeProgram (2 months ago)
yeah, things are smooth when the government has total control and lack of concern.
Jorge Amado Soria Ramírez (2 months ago)
but tell me again how the government is always the problem and how free market solves everything...
MrAuroral (2 months ago)
Not tell me what to think??? No!! Please tell me what to think so I can call it fake news. Thanks
magellanmax (2 months ago)
Government waste if I ever saw one, except for Alaska and Hawaii.
MR. Wolf21 (2 months ago)
This guys name is Sam. If you would like to see your face go to #SamFromWendover
Dustin Hauge (2 months ago)
Can you do a video on airline scope clauses
Dave Rossiter (2 months ago)
Check your facts. United does NOT operate a "CanadairCRJ" to PQI. Perhaps you have your companies mixed-up.
BlizzardTheWizardLizard (2 months ago)
This system seems idiotic. Only Alaska seems to be the state that needs it.
BlizzardTheWizardLizard (2 months ago)
@seigeengine Alright nice chatting with you.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Yeah, that video doesn't have any NPCs does it? I think I added chickens and pigs moving around into the game before the recodalypse. C++ and Java are fairly similar. One of the best things you can do after you get the very basics down is tackle projects. I know for me I was into fractals there for a bit, so I got some good experience coding fractal image generation, which also required me to use some of the math I had learned in school but never had any use for. I still remember how embarrassingly terrible my first attempt at a game was... pong.... the thing was 1000+ lines of redundant mess, because I hadn't really learned how to do just about anything yet, so it was basically all one giant function, including single and multi-player modes.
BlizzardTheWizardLizard (2 months ago)
@seigeengine Alright sounds cool. I am still a beginner at c++ right now then was going to learn java next. I was asking because I had ideas to make my own game in a similar style, but as a grand strategy. Perhaps when I am proficient and if you are interested I would be interest in helping you if for nothing else get practice in.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
I agree. I was. I added a few more things, then rewrote major portions of the code twice to accommodate changes to make moving forward easier (I was switching from grid-based movement to free movement, and was redoing the tile events - like map transitions - for some reason or other that I don't remember), and then lost interest. I haven't coded in quite a while except for a few quick things where my ability to code a brute force solution exceeds my maths chops. I was using Java.
BlizzardTheWizardLizard (2 months ago)
By the way I see you are making an rpg. I am learning programming right now and was wondering what language you are programming in
Hannah Miyamoto (2 months ago)
$290 million would pay for a lot of passenger train service, and dramatically lower the environmental impact. The ENTIRE annual operating loss for Amtrak is just $168 million in 2018. Best of all, subsidizing more trains would improve the economies of entire regions, instead of just one lonely town. https://apnews.com/d229959ca1334fb6bc0fb5780f0dcae0
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Everyone. That's the subject of this video: connecting places with inadequate access to transportation. Less masturbation, more attention.
Hannah Miyamoto (2 months ago)
@seigeengine Who said anything about running trains everywhere? But consider the Sunset Limited from L.A. to New Orleans. That train is still just thrice weekly because Congress won't appropriate money for a daily train. El Paso, Tuscon, Phoenix (ish) as well as many small towns don't have daily service, even though freight trains are tearing through all day and night on the ex-Southern Pacific mainline.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Oh, and no, aircraft are more efficient than cars unless the car is mostly/completely full. Modern airliners can reach 120 mpg per passenger, whereas even the best combustion engine cars are only around 30 mpg, meaning you need four people in that car to be as efficient as the plane. Even accounting for environmental damage being higher when emissions are emitted at altitude, you still need several people in the car to balance out... and I can't drive a car at 500 mph over any terrain.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
I'm not acting stupid. I am pointing out how moronic your argument is. In case you need be reminded, no, there are not train tracks running to every single place in the USA. The context is not a general subsidy. Completely different issue.
mr wong from russia (2 months ago)
can you make a video about how sky team, one world and star alliance work
evilassaultweaponeer (2 months ago)
"Bureau of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse"
Alexander Wood (2 months ago)
Fascinating and maddening. EAS is idiotic outside of HI and AK, since the lower 48 has roads. Also, small flights from subsidized and unsubsidized airports are clogging up airline hubs, with Delta operating to 300 airports in the US while Southwest serves the same area minus parts of North Dakota and Montana with about 100 airports.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
The only issue I have is the relatively low distance requirements.
einsteinboricua (2 months ago)
You’ve missed part of why EAS exists as well: most of the communities had been served prior to deregulation so they get EAS flights so that there’s no economic impact if the airlines decide to leave because it’s not profitable.
einsteinboricua (1 month ago)
@Michael Zaite Don't know if you're being facetious or not, but in the event you aren't, dehubbing a city does not qualify it for EAS. All the major airlines still offer flights to it. The hub may not have been profitable for CO/UA, but airlines offer plenty of flights.
Michael Zaite (1 month ago)
Meanwhile we're out here in Cleveland wondering how long it takes between the airline pulling out of your hub to getting on the EAS list.
George Vazquez (2 months ago)
I am all for subsidizing the flights of rural people that hate me.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
lol, 10/10 immediately attracting the trash you're talking about.
George Vazquez (2 months ago)
@Sparrow ah yes the TedxTalk masterclass in trolling continues. A master at work here everyone.
Sparrow (2 months ago)
@George Vazquez I mean I know you are despite your sarcasm because you keep responding to me with your sophomoric one liners.
George Vazquez (2 months ago)
@Sparrow Your internet trolling is over 9000! I am so triggered right now
Sparrow (2 months ago)
@George Vazquez What an original joke. Its what I expect from someone with a room temperature IQ.
Fo od (2 months ago)
can you do a video about Nigeria's economy/gov't or something ....I'm Nigerian and I'm really looking forward to it
Bob Joe (2 months ago)
Don't show this video to Donnie.
Tim Smith (2 months ago)
Your sing song talking voice is annoying AF.
Benjamin Levine (2 months ago)
US Government: Uses its money inneficienctly Wendover Productions: it doesn't matter because it isn't that much. I Think about the opportunity cost of that money. It could be spent on subsidies to greener transportation, or on research and development, instead of subsidizing of of the least efficient ways to travel with huge GHG emmisions.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
That's not at all what he said. Stop erecting strawmen to burn you queer fuck.
Sparrow (2 months ago)
"green transport" doesn't work. These "emissions" are less than 2%. Stop buying into the climate alarmism.
R (2 months ago)
Give it 5-10 years and self-piloting electric vehicles could operate these routes on an on-demand service, and with little or no subsidy.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Eh... I doubt it.
weksauce (2 months ago)
Why subsidize inefficient living? Make idiots that CHOOSE to live in expensive places pay their full costs for transportation, so they see how expensive it is to live far away from everything and everyone. To give everyone opportunity, the government should subsidize moving to dense urban areas from sparse rural areas.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Gotta love the idiots that don't understand the issue at all, but are too busy jerking themselves off to realize they haven't got a clue.
Sparrow (2 months ago)
I could see how someone with a room temperature like yours would think that. But to give you an answer why would require explaining something to you that requires complex thought.
theboredbrowser (2 months ago)
How do airline alliances (oneworld, SkyTeam, Star Alliance) work? It would be a great vid!
K.D.P. Ross (2 months ago)
Why incentivise people to live in nonviable small towns? Don't live in a backwater town if you want amenities ... like museums, nice restaurants, or flights.
K.D.P. Ross (2 months ago)
@seigeengine Why would someone hate those who offered to pay their cost to relocate out of a shithole, exactly?
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Yeah, great way to produce a population that will hate you for the rest of their lives.
K.D.P. Ross (2 months ago)
@seigeengine Relocate them to non-crap places.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
because they're only non-viable because they're small. If more people live there, they stop being small. People already live there. People will continue living there. Do you let them be poor and suffer, or do you take steps to improve these areas?
Kosta Mijuskoivc (2 months ago)
4:14 wtf is holding that plane???
Grahameajohnson (2 months ago)
8:26 This is getting tiresome. You don't seem to want the viewership of those from any other country in *North* or *South* America. If you did, you wouldn't so readily insult every last one of us. Even according to your CIA's World Factbook, *there* *is* *no* *country* *named* *America* ! If, say, South Africa were the US of Africa, would it not be incredibly insulting to all other Africans if South Africa usurped the name Africa?
seigeengine (2 months ago)
As someone from a non-USA country in the Americas... shut the fuck up.
burdizdawurd1516 (2 months ago)
Build a financially viable passenger railroad in a big, mostly flat country? Challenge accepted. I will see you all on the first train from New York to L. A. with 32,000 hp steam turbines and auto service. 500 m.p.h. is possible. If the Japanese can do high speed through mountains, we can do it through the Midwest.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
The Japanese pack 39% of the US population in 3.8% of the area. Why do you people not understand what makes passenger trains viable?
Grahameajohnson (2 months ago)
1:25 So professional sounding until... "...There *are* *a* number of..." Since when is a singular unit referred to as being multiple? Oh right, since everyone and their dog started thinking nothing about slicing and dicing the English language to their lackadaisical delight while putting on the airs of professionalism. It's not that difficult: "There *is* a singular unit," "there *are* multiple units." smh
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Costs is not singular. Stop trolling and get sterilized.
FrnnkEducation (2 months ago)
That $290 could fix flint Michigan. Anybody you ever break that down
FrnnkEducation (2 months ago)
@seigeengine 290 wasn't spent there. I have followed it closely. They've earmarked at Max 90 but keep saying they'll spend more when they knew it would cost 5 bil. They gave some shit company 5 mil to Fix a 5 bil problem. Why are you calling me names. That's a bit weird. You don't know me. Keep it pg
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Good thing spending $290M here doesn't meant $290 wasn't spent there. Get a grip, you inbred.
kuromad (2 months ago)
Biggest shock at the end...what the cost of this service could otherwise provide for infrastructure. With wages as low as they can be, it seems a lot of people are lining their pockets a bit too much when it comes to essentials of life. I'm not calling for communism, but a middle ground, or even a 10% ground toward that direction can be justified?
seigeengine (2 months ago)
What are you even talking about? These prices aren't abnormal.
Luis Calado (2 months ago)
Please make a video on major airport expansions! Great channel!
Tiger King (2 months ago)
"1/7th of a B2 spirit bomer"
Mathieu Leader (2 months ago)
I had good time travelling on the TGV in France
A R (2 months ago)
Hi Wendover, Can you make a video on job generation by and at airport, like Heathrow or Dubai? You have loosely covered this topic, and I feel such a video will catch the attention of even policymakers :). Cheers!
GlassHouse5 (2 months ago)
Love these videos. Wonder if you've ever considered doing a video about the Treaty on Open Skies?
Steven Samuel (2 months ago)
This is pretty bad for the environment. Maybe if we develop electric airplanes or actually invest in high speed rail, I don't actually know how we can make this better
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Rail is almost completely non-viable in the US outside of very specific areas with high population densities. Electric airplanes can help, especially at the low end, but aviation is simply one of those places where it's almost necessary to burn a hydrocarbon fuel. IMO, all plant-derived fuels should go to aviation, whereas alternatives, like EVs, need to come to dominate most ground-based transportation. Boats are another area we're screwed a bit, since the amounts of energy needed are too vast for batteries, although there are ways to reduce this load (like using the wind to provide some of the energy for the ships), and we need to improve regulations on things like shipping. Unfortunately, there are structural problems in the way of these improvements.
Sparrow (2 months ago)
@Steven Samuel But not at the cost of destroying Aviation, it is the key to US Domestic Prosperity, there is not alternative to it.
Steven Samuel (2 months ago)
@Sparrow doesn't mean it's not worth reducing
Hans5958 (2 months ago)
> Nebula > Floatplane: Am I a joke to you?
Jessica Hall (2 months ago)
For the record I fly the Denver to Pueblo route regularly. It depends, but a round trip is usually $150-$180.
NitroXPanKake (2 months ago)
You forgot centennial airport on 3:35
Josh Klein (2 months ago)
Video idea: Logistics of the Olympics?
trapical (2 months ago)
11:13 "I've just filmed a documentary about... something..." It's about planes, isn't it.
kgw72 (2 months ago)
Our government subsidise bus and trains (keeping the service alive, not making new lines). It's cheaper, and you produce less carbon imprint.
Sparrow (2 months ago)
"carbon imprint." What a nonsense excuse to harm aviation.
FireSnake (2 months ago)
the question is why the fuck do cities/towns this small have airports?
seigeengine (2 months ago)
My city isn't much larger, and it has three airports. Mind you, they're not big commercial airports, but anyway... again, air travel is vital for many of these places.
Joe Pesendorfer (2 months ago)
Another thing that makes me not want to pay taxes. Why is our tax money going to this. It's fucktarded
Joe Pesendorfer (2 months ago)
@seigeengine fucking leftists D-bag. You just keep that outlook on unnecessarily spending billion of dollars of the American people and we will continue to make cuts in the right places. Trump 2020 keep America great
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Blah blah blah, go whine to somebody else about your inbreeding.
Joe Pesendorfer (2 months ago)
@seigeengine Alaska is the only state that truly needs it. The fact that billions of tax dollars goes to this when there's people dying on the streets, there's people in this country that are starving, we have a grossly under protected border not to mention that we're on the verge of 2 wars, one with the Mexican cartel and the other being Civil War 2. When all that gets resolved things like this should still be way on the bottom of importance.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Nope, that would be you.
Epic Doge (2 months ago)
You really sound like half as interesting
Paul Bolus (2 months ago)
Rediculous, if a company needs tax money to survive they have no right to survive.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Having a company doesn't prove anything. It's not hard to have a company. Never mind that companies are massive parasites, given almost the entire tax burden that once rested on companies has been shifted to individuals. And taxing polluters is the only thing that's going to make an effective change.
Paul Bolus (2 months ago)
@seigeengine As a matter of fact no. I actually have my own company and have always worked hard, I never needed any money for anything and pay crazy amounts of tax. Even private I never got any money for not working and are paying crazy amounts of insurance and never got anything from it back. But hey I'm not complaining I just think it's crazy they need to pump money into planes just to keep em up. And then they gonna tax me even more both private as well for business to "save" the enviroment.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Does that apply to you as well? I wonder whether or not you're a net drain on society...
Henry Carmichael (2 months ago)
When I fly into Chattanooga from Charlotte it's on a tiny plane from American Airlines that's always packed. When I fly in on Delta from Atlanta the plane is big and only 3/4 full.
Zakori (2 months ago)
Please make video in Pakistan geographic problem
Jason Gates (2 months ago)
If the idea of the program is to increase economy in those rural areas, would it not be a better use of that money to just give the money to those communities? I get that the Alaska towns that dont have outside access other than through planes, but the other towns per se.
seigeengine (2 months ago)
Maybe, but maybe not. Consider advertising. In order for advertising to make sense, a business has to make more money from running ads than it spends doing so. So we need to know not just the costs, but how much value this program generates.