Re: Wing vs. tail-mounted engines?

Date:         04 Apr 2001 16:41:28 
From:         R J Carpenter <rcarpen@erols.com>
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Stephen H. Westin wrote:
>
> 2. Structure. Instead of carrying the weight of the engines
>    through the wing roots and fuselage, they are attached to the
>    part that holds them up, the wing.

Am I naive in thinking that a "flying" tail could support the rear
engines without any of their weight being supported by the wings???

The first rear-engined jet, the Caravelle, didn't have a true T-tail.
The horizontal tail surface was still fairly low on the fin.

Bob C.