Re: Wing vs. tail-mounted engines?

Date:         19 Apr 2001 16:40:28 
From:         jthorn@galileo.thp.univie.ac.at (Jonathan Thornburg)
Organization: Universitaet Wien (Vienna, Austria) / Institut fuer Theoretische Physik
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In article <airliners.2001.148@ditka.Chicago.COM>,
John Liebson  <jliebson@cybermesa.com> wrote:
>B737s could have, as a factory-option, gravel kits installed, and
>aircraft with this option operate from gravel runways. I suspect that
>these 737s have under-slung engines and that they survive such
>operations....

Indeed, ISTR DC-9 engines being rather prone to damage from ingesting
gravel or dirt flung up by the main wheels.  Wing-mount engines may well
be *preferable* in this regard.

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