Re: Food for Thought

Date:         14 Jul 97 20:26:59 
From:         don@toyunix.zl2tnm.gen.nz (Don Stokes)
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In article <airliners.1997.1476@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
k_ish  <kenish@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>Also, it was "prior art" (already been thought of).  The podded engine
>concept, and "stream tube" nacelle was used in a WWII German jet figher,
>the ME-262.

No, what Boeing discovered (which the Germans hadn't noticed) was that the
way the wing and engine nacelles went toward high Mach numbers was largely
independent; having the engine slung close into the wing as on the ME-262
loses this independence.

The ME-262's engines are there simply because it was a convenient place to
hang them, not because of any aerodynamic advantage.  The Me-262 wasn't
designed for the kind of speeds where the independence mattered.

-- don