Re: Fuselage flex?

Date:         31 Mar 2000 22:25:40 
From:         midibu@mindspring.com (Mike Weller)
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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On 10 Feb 2000 05:03:45 , jmaddaus@NO_SPAM.usa.net (John S. Maddaus)
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>Been riding some of United's 727s lately and couldn't help but notice
>that on every one the emergency floor lighting strip separated from
>the floor a good inch or so in height just behind row 14 (just in
>front of the first window exit) at altitude.  I watched the last one
>throughout the flight and it gradually returned to floor level upon
>initial descent.  No separation while on the ground.  Question - what
>causes this?

Interesting, but I have no idea.

>Also on a recent trip to Pima, I was told that the design of the
>Connie's fuselage was intended to provide additional lift.  Can anyone
>confirm this?

Very little, but the Shorts Brothers 340 gets an appreciable amount of
lift (~20 percent) from the fuselage.

I find this ironic, since the Connie was one of the most beautiful
aiplanes ever built.  Only a mother could love the Skyvan.

Mike Weller
midibu@mindspring.com