Date: 02 Sep 98 01:08:26 From: Andrew Goldfinger <Andy.Goldfinger@jhuapl.edu> Organization: apl Followups: 1 2 3
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Recently, at IAD I saw a display of a Junkers Trimotor Airliner (IIRC it was the Ju52, or some similar designation). It had one rotary engine on the nose, and one on each wing. The wing mounted engines appeared to be canted slightly outwards. Does anyone know why this was done? I speculate that it may have been to make the effective thrust vectors of the engines go through the center of mass, and therefore improve engine out performance. If so, why is this not done with modern airplanes?