Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
Well...the 737's all share the same shape..
and the 767 and 777 share the same nose as well.
The 757 shares the same front windscreen as the 767 (and now the 777).
It's amazing how they reduce design and production cost by having common parts..
MD-87ER From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
I wouldn't call Airbus boring, if they have the same nose.
Just think of Boeing. The have the same nose for their narrowbodies for nearly 50 years (starting with the 707/727 and now on the 737NG.) Douglas did the same with the DC-8/ DC-9 /MD-80. And now you find the "same" nose on the 717 (MD-95).
If it is a proven and reliable design, why not?
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8165 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
Here's another one: the Comet and the Caravelle have identical noses. I don't know how to post photos here, perhaps someone could oblige and show us the result of the unique licensing deal Sud Aviation did with de Havilland?
Doesn't make the Comet or the Caravelle boring either, the Caravelle was invariably exciting, especially on landing.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8025 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
Actually, every Airbus widebody plane made so far (A300B1 prototype all the way to the current A340-600) have a very common fuselage design--one that can accommodate two LD3 containers side-by-side in the cargo hold.
Sure, there are substantial differences (most notably the cockpit changes from the A300B1 with its 3-crew seating to the A330/A340 with its two-crew seating, structural strengthening to handle more fuel and fuselage lengthening, and cabin interior design changes), but its general shape has not changed much.