Re: ID'ing aircraft [Re: AA 777-200IGW]

Date:         30 Mar 99 01:53:50 
From:         malc@cwix.com (Malcolm Weir)
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On 17 Mar 99 01:24:40 , jcastle@eden.com (Joe Castleman) caused to appear as
if it was written:

>>[...]whereas a 727 or DC8-63 were instantly recognisable even from some
>>distance!  Technology may be evolving towards ideal configurations but that
>>magical quality has lately been lost to those of us who loved the classic ships
>>of the 60s to the 80s.
>
>I've wondered about that.  I guess that maybe there are only so many
>designs that are practical.  There were some radical ideas introduced
>between, say, 1945 and 1975, but everything since 1975 seems to be a
>variation of designs from 1960 to 1975.  What's left?  Maybe a
>high-mounted wing on an airliner, like a Bae146 but larger?  I suspect
>that they haven't tried that for a reason.

Ah, but they have!  The IL-76 is exactly that, and is an airliner (although
I realize that Soviet military requirements probably had more to do with the
design than commercial ones, so if one is to mention the IL-76, one ought to
at least nod towards the C-141 Starlifter...)

Malc.