From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Hahn) Organization: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va. Date: 12 May 95 03:22:46 References: 1
View raw article or MIME structure
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). Any ideas? ==== Yes, the fuselage was curved to mimic an airfoil shape. If you looked at a vertical slice along the centerline, the fuselage appears to be shaped like a wing section. Practically, this didn't help much, and the super constellations (L-1049), while maintaining a graceful shaped curve, didn't maintain the shape of a wing section (airfoil). My. $0.02, ed -------- Ed Hahn | email@example.com | (703) 883-5988 -------- The above comment reflects the opinions of the author, and does not constitute endorsement or implied warranty by the MITRE Corporation. Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.