Re: Wing vs. tail-mounted engines?

Date:         31 Mar 2001 16:43:04 
From:         johnmcgrew@aol.com (JohnMcGrew)
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In article <airliners.2001.66@ditka.Chicago.COM>, {$usenet$}@apple-juice.co.uk
(Daniele Procida) writes:

>As someone who is scared out of his wits by aeroplanes, I much prefer
>MD-80s and the like, because the sight of those enormous heavy engines
>making those delicate wings bend up and down in that terrifying fashion
>is something I can really do without. At least on a MD-80 I don't spend
>the entire flight checking to see if the wings are going fall off.

Actually, having the weight of the engines carried elsewhere on the airframe
puts more of the load on the wing spar, which is what causes the bending you
seem concerned about.  On the other hand, on wing mounted engines, the weight
is carried directly by the wing as opposed to the spar.

John