Date: 09 Apr 2001 15:37:12 From: John Liebson <email@example.com> Organization: NMIX References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1 2
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan Thornburg) wrote: >The industry doesn't care much about it, but safety is another big >advantage of wing-mounted engines: What kills people in a jet crash >is often not the crash itself, but the ensuing fire. Tail-mounted >engines mean fuel pipes running from the wing (where the fuel tanks are) >aft through the fuselage to the engines, i.e. you've got fuel right >in the fuselage with the passengers. In contrast, wing-mounted engines >allow all the fuel to be kept in the wings, some distance away from the >passengers. (Some designs do put fuel tanks in the wing center sections >anyway.) What about wing-mounted-engine aircraft that _also_ have tail-mounted fuel tanks?