Re: Flying Pencils (was:What's wrong with MD-11?)

From: (Brian A. Reynolds)
Organization: Rockwell Avionics - Collins
Date:         16 Nov 95 03:48:40 
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OK - stand corrected on the circulary fuselage.  Got confused with the
'barrel section' studies done in late '80s which documented productivity
improvements to be gain with a circular cross-section.  ASSUMED (bad engineer
bad engineer) that DAC would take advantage of having to build new tooling
to gain these improvements.  The study focused on productivity improvements
and the issue of more cargo capacity with a double lobe was not part of the
reports that I saw - but it is a significant point for not changing the

I also stand corrected that not all Air Bus aircraft are alike.