Date: 27 Jan 97 02:45:57 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ostreger) Organization: AOL, http://www.aol.co.uk References: 1 Followups: 1
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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.