Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8 Posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3188 times:
I've noticed that on new aircraft, the pax windows seem to be more oval-shaped than on older aircraft. FOr example, the windows on a 764 or 772 are more rounded than the windows on say a 744 or older 762 or 763. Why is this? What sparked the windows to be rounded off? I first noticed this on the Airbus A319/320 series for what it matters...
Bongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
Futureualpilot: They not only changed the windows !! they are changing everything in the planes !! better materials, better engines, better wings designs, better interior designs, better everything...everyday
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Awschucksflyer From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2755 times:
Areopagus is correct. Square windows have pressure points i.e. one in each corner. Round or oval windows distribute the pressure equally around the window. You see the same idea in arches. An arch carries the weight evenly throughout the structure.