From: email@example.com (John Liebson) Organization: ISFSI Date: 08 May 95 02:09:06 References: 1
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firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: >I have been looking at a photo of the L-649 Constellation. A >most beautiful aircraft.... >Why was thte fuselage curved like that? I can't see any >advantage in it: it would have been expensive (copmpared to the >cylinder fuselages of contemporary airlines). You can "blame" Howard Hughes; the original design was done on pieces of a paper in a typical-for-Hughes hush-hush meeting between Lockheed engineers and Hughes, to create a US--coast-to-coast airliner, and the hull design just sort of happened that way to meet Hughes' perceived needs. You want to see an aircraft arguably *the* most beautiful airliner ever, look at pictures of the Super-G Connie.