Re: United ad

From:         ngupta@nano.mit.edu (Nitin Gupta)
Organization: Massachvsetts Institvte of Technology
Date:         16 Sep 94 04:30:21 
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grichard@avarice.ugcs.caltech.edu (Rich Benzinger) writes:
> or is a 747 really able to withstand that amount of weight on its wings
> and airframe without damage?

i've seen some video of tests on the 747 wing in which the fuselage end is  
held in place and the wing tip raised mechanically. the tip is raised  
something like 20+ feet before the wing critically bends and fails. an  
amazing display of strength! certainly 100 average-sized adults aren't  
going to matter.

put another way, 100 people weigh around 10 times less than the fuel  
carried in one wing (~150,000 pounds).
 
blue skies
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