High wing vs. low wing

Date:         19 Apr 2001 16:40:17 
From:         JP Caputa <jcaputa@engr.uvic.ca>
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Why is it that all commercial airliners, aside from perhaps turbo-prop
feeder liners and the BAe 146 are low winged, where as most military
cargo planes are high winged. Both types of aircravet serve very similar
roles, and travel over similar ranges.

I can understand that the purpose of the high winged cargo transports is
to have the floor of the plane closer to the ground for easier loading
of cargo, but I'd figure this should be an equally important factor for
the airlines.

So essencially, the question is:

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LOW WINGED AIRCRAFT (if any) AS OPPOSED TO HIGH
WINGED AIRCRAFT?

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