2021—Steampunk Raygun

Steampunk Raygun? It looks like a weapon from a vintage Flash Gordon movie. But no, it’s new technology that deices airplane wings. The inclement weather in Salt Lake City this time of year requires deicing of an airplane’s wings for safe flying. The machine that sprays the de-icing solvent appeared outside the airplane window Saturday night. As I watched, two thoughts came to my mind: “Steampunk” and “Raygun.” I later Googled those terms and discovered there are all kinds of “Steampunk” guns including something called a “Steampunk Raygun” and it does look something this. Who knew?