Anyone else notice the flapjack fairing missing on the left inboard side in the last picture in the article? I assume that was to make room for the rockets fins. I know there is an MEL fuel burn penalty associated with that. Wouldn't make a difference on such a short flight but I wonder if Virgin got engineering specs from Boeing and then an FAA sign off to give them relief from the MEL? Or do they just apply the burn penalty to every flight?
What's the point of an open door policy if inside the open door sits a closed mind?