Re: Food for Thought

Date:         10 Jun 97 00:34:59 
From:         "Richard Isakson" <rwi@whidbey.com>
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Don Stokes <don@rata.vuw.ac.nz> wrote in article <airliners.1997.1196@ohare.Chicago.COM>...
> On the subject of patents, does anyone know why Boeing did not patent the
> use of engine nacelles on pylons to get the engine airflow away from the
> airflow over the wing?

The interesting bit of trivia here is that Boeing had to pay a thousand
dollars per airplane for the first couple of thousand 727's.  The patent
for hanging the engines on the aft side of the fuselage was held by a
French designer.  I think it was around 1700 airplanes before the patent
ran out but I don't quite remember.

Rich