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Why No Beluga Nose On Regular Airliners?  
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Why hasn't any manufacturer added a Beluga type nose (where the cockpit droops down and is below the main deck) to a regular airliner. It seems like it'd be an easy way to add another 20 feet or so of cabin space without having to stretch the airplane. Kind of like a 747 except reversed.

I guess there may be severe enough aerodynamic or weight penalties?

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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

I don't know why it hasn't happened on airliners, but I do know that the reason behind it being on the Beluga was to accommodate the hinged front door. If the door were to open and take the flight deck along with it, the avionics would have to be re-calibrated every time the door was opened as a lot of the lines connecting the flight deck to the rest of the plane would have been severed.

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 33951 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
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Because it's ugly as sin.  vomit 

I expect the real reason has to do with things like clearances, aerodynamics, structural loads, and others.

User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 729 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3483 times:
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This belongs in Tech/Ops

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