Re: Boeing 777 has dainty feet

From:         rdd@netcom.com (Robert Dorsett)
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Date:         17 Jul 95 04:29:44 
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In article <airliners.1995.1054@ohare.Chicago.COM> rwi@whidbey.whidbey.com (Richard Isakson) writes:
>>How did this mistake get all the way through Boeing's legendary engineering
>>process?
>
>Engineering fixes will be part of the airplanes life as long as it's being
>used.  Engineering is an art, it's not a science.  To expect an airplane to
>come out of the design process in a state of perfection is to expect the
>impossible.

IF the statement is true (big IF), it would go against a 50-year Boeing trend
to over-engineer its landing gear.  Douglas, on the other hand, is known
for under-engineering its gear; it's hard to find a DC-9 flight test program,
for example, that doesn't have at least one NTSB write-up.




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