Props vs Fuselage Windows

Date:         01 Mar 97 02:44:58 
From:         Tom Gibson <>
Organization: San Diego State University
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I've noticed that all of the old prop airliners (from the DC-4 through
at least the Electra) have no passenger windows exactly even with the
geometrical plane of the props.  Was this a CAA requirement for
certification?  I assume it was to avoid passenger injury if a prop let
go; is this correct?  Is it still a requirement, or is there a
reliability threshold that now needs to be met before this requirement
is waived?  Thanks.

Tom Gibson

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