Re: MD-88 Tail Cone (Delta)

From: (Steven Macom)
Organization: Netcom
Date:         04 Aug 96 16:44:58 
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In <airliners.1996.1434@ohare.Chicago.COM>
(William L. Thomas) writes:
>In <airliners.1996.1418@ohare.Chicago.COM> James Buongiovanni
>>     The Tail Cone of the DC-9/MD-80 aircraft ...
>Regarding the tail cones....I've noticed some like those on Alaskan
>Airlines are flattened wedges, others are actual cones. What is the
>advantage of one over another?

McDonnell Douglas found the wedge-shaped taper to be more aerodynamic
than the cylindrical variety.  The taper tail can be retrofitted to
older cylindrical shaped varieties.