From: bwalts@lamar.ColoState.EDU (Brandon Walts) Date: 22 Nov 93 15:41:20 PST Followups: 1 2 3
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I have 2 completely unrelated questions that I've always been curious about. Perhaps someone here knows the answers... 1) Why do 727s and MD-80s always have their ventral stairs down when parked at the gate. I never see any service or maintinence people using them. Is it for faster emergency egress in case of a refuelling accident? Does it somehow hold the tail up when there's nobody in the front of the plane (ala DC8 and IL-62)? It seems like a lot of wear on the hydraullics and mechanical systems, so there must be a good reason... 2) Has anyone ever noticed that the A-320 looks a _lot_ like the old Dassault Mercure (sp?) with a new wing and engines. Everything, from the aesthetics of the cockpit and tail, to the placement of the emergency exits looks the same. Is there a common ancestry here, or is it just that French style?