C-5 to 747?

Date:         09 Dec 97 03:54:27 
From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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Many people assume that the 747 was a direct outgrowth of Boeing's C-5
effort, and that the 747 is, in effect, a civilian version of our C-5
design.  I recently had the opportunity to video tape an extensive
interview with Dick Withington, who was one of Boeing's top
aerodynamicists with a career spanning the B-17 to the 767, and who was
heavily involved in Boeing's C-5 effort. I asked him what, if any,
relationship there really was between the C-5 design and the 747.  His
answer was none.  Everything about the two designs was different, he said,
engines, wing, tail, fuselage, structure, landing gear, etc.  The only
relationship of one program to the other was the fact that when Boeing
lost the C-5 competition, Withington sent about 100 of his C-5 engineers
up to Everett to work on the new 747 program.  They took with them their
experience of working on the design of a large transport aircraft, but
that was the only thing from the C-5 program that ended up on the 747
program.  Otherwise the programs were completely different, and the
airplanes, Withington said, were as different as night and day.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane