Re: DC 10-ski topples on to its rear when unloaded!

From: (David A. Lee)
Organization: University of Washington, Seattle
Date:         16 Feb 94 01:10:41 PST
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In article <>,
Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote:
>imbalance of the Il-62's four aft-mounted engines.  The 727 suffers
>the same problem, except the clever folks in Seattle disguised the
>prop as the aft stairs, which you always (or almost always) see down
>while the plane is at the gate.  (The DC-9, VC-10, and Trident may
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The aft stairway in the 727 was NOT meant as some sort of stabilizer.
It was simply a built in stairway for smaller airports without
moving stairways.  Note the built in stairway in the 737-100
that retracts out from below the front side main entry door.
The rear stairway use for passenger loading was discontinued
for security reasons sometime in the mid-1980s.
D.B. Cooper jumped out of a 727 somewhere over Washington State
from the stairway in mid flight.
(Seattle resident, Boeing is in my backyard, my dad a 37 year
vetren of the Lazy B as an engineer)

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