Date: 30 Mar 99 01:53:50 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Malcolm Weir) Organization: Little to None References: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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On 17 Mar 99 01:24:40 , email@example.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.