Re: High wing vs. low wing

Date:         16 May 2001 17:45:12 
From:         "John McLaren" <n7547x@gte.net>
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This is just a guess since I am not a structures person. I wonder it there
is a weight savings to the low wing airplane. By attaching the main landing
gear to the wing, the wing to body joint carries the load of the airplane on
the ground or in flight. With a high wing plane there has to be structure to
transfer the wing to fuselage load in flight and a second set of structural
members to carry the landing gear to fuselage load on the ground (if the
gear attaches to the body line on a C-5. On airpanes like a Dash-8 where the
gear still attaches to the wing, the high wing may not matter.