Date: 13 Jan 97 18:35:30 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ostreger) Organization: AOL, http://www.aol.co.uk Followups: 1 2 3
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Why is the A3XX Omnibus not a V-tail mid-winger? This configuration, which is entirely feasible on a fly-by-wire mammoth, minimises both profile and interference drag, with enormous benefits all round - except to Boeing. So why isn't it being employed in this clean-sheet-of-paper design? I suspect the accountants believe it can be good enough as a low-winger, without risking passenger rejection of the unfamiliar configuration. For this they're willing to waste precious fossil fuels - each mid-winger would burn 10,000 tons less each year, saving appreciable contamination of the stratosphere - and cost our industry, and the travelling public, untold billions. We'd be travelling in sailing ships if they'd had this much power earlier.