Re: 747 hump

Date:         25 Sep 97 01:39:41 
From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1997.2186@ohare.Chicago.COM>, marcmsc@geocities.com wrote:

> Thomas Lindberg wrote:
> >
> > i have been told (by Boeing during a visit??) that the hump actually
> > contributes to the lift and that the longer hump (compared to the old
> > original) is still better.
>
> How can a fuselage contribute to the lift ????

Any object moving through the air will affect the airflow around the
object.  So if a fuselage shape makes air act in a way that creates lift,
you have lift.  It's the same principle as the NASA lifting bodies that
were, or are, under study.  If the fuselage can be designed to provide
enough lift, you don't need wings.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane