Re: Misconceived Mammoth

Date:         27 Jan 97 02:45:57 
From:         ostreger@aol.com (Ostreger)
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The reason a mammoth can be a mid-wing is that the mainspar <can>
conveniently pass through the fuselage - I'd guess best between forward
and rear pressure cabins.   There are extra pressure bulkheads, but these
can spread the wing/fuselage interface loads, which has to be done anyhow.
The main undercarriage bogie fits in between - not in those draggy
fairings, and there's room for a central fuel tank above.
Ditching poses different but not worse problems;  the higher engine pods
are less liable to dig in, with nasty consequences.
And fly-by-wire and rearward CGs ease the V-tail snags.