From: email@example.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) Organization: The Boeing Company Date: 01 Oct 96 23:56:41 References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <airliners.1996.1941@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote: >>Given the relatively poor results of the A340 wing design (reduced >>LRC, flutter, etc) I don't think anyone would really want to >>reproduce that particular wing on a larger aircraft. >... >>There are huge differences between twin and four engine aircraft >>wings, generated primarily by flutter response. > >Is this the root of the deficiencies in the A340's wing design you >claim, since the A340 wing is a compromise between a twin and four- >engine design? (The twin-engined A330 uses the same wing.) Sort of. (Don't you just love definitive answers?) Mostly I attribute Airbus' problems with the A340 wing to their lack of experience designing and building heavy four-engined transports. It isn't easy, and there are a lot of non-obvious traps. Boeing has a tremendous amount of experience designing four engine heavy jet transports, and it shows. If it didn't, we'd all have a lot more to worry about. -- Terry firstname.lastname@example.org "Anyone who thinks they can hold the company responsible for what I say has more lawyers than sense."