Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2826 times:
The A310 and A300 are almost identical planes, same fuselage, same tail/stabilisers/rudders, same cockpit layout, same avionics etc etc. The only reason the A300-600 tails looks shorter is because it has a longer fuselage than the 310, and therefore the same tail looks rather large on the A310.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
Airmale, I remember reading something about the similarities as well.
If I recall correctly, the rear portion of the fuselage (close to the tail) is the same for both the 310 and the 300-600. Both the 310 and the 300-600 differ from the A-300B in this respect. Again, my memory is hazy, but I believe the newer design had more of an upsweep where the fuselage tapers, although I don't remember the purpose behind it.
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2788 times:
When Airbus developed the A310, changes in the rear fuselage were incorporated. Airbus discovered that as a result, if they applied this newer desgn to the A300 series, more cargo carrying capability was possible. I believe that thy have utilized this design to every A300, 330 and 340 ever since.