Date: 10 Jul 99 02:33:16 From: JF Mezei <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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A while ago, I read that one of the bigger challenges for the A3XX project is the landing gear. -weights a lot -is huge (takes up a lot of space in the cargo area) -spreading weight so plane doesn't destroy runways and tarmac. If they were to make the A3XX into a flotplane/flying boat, obviously, it would no longer need such a heavy duty landing gear, thus solving many of the above problems. Would making the A3XX (or similar size plane) a floatplane be fairly easy from a structural point of view ? Or would the strengthening of the structure and belly to allow the plane to land in water result in a much heavier plane than if it had conventional landing gears ? (I realise that the market for such a plane would be even more limited since only cities with a half decent port could accomodate it and it would make connections rather difficult, but I still wonder from a structural point of view if it would work).