Hello Airliners.net from an extremely new member (this is my first post). I have admired this site for some time now and decided to jump into the fray. Should be fun.I should also add that I'm a sheer amateur aviation enthusiast and make no pretenses of understanding many of the finer points of civil aviation that so many on here do. I'm here to enjoy myself and to learn things. As a golf course architect by trade, this is my escape from golf, which is,ironically, an escape in itself for many here I would suspect.
The ongoing discussion of whether Boeing should or should not go for one more redo of the 747 with some of the 787 technologies has led me to a memory of a conversation I once had. A friend, also in the golf business but formerly an engineer with Boeing who worked on the 767 wind tunnel testing ages ago, has tried to explain area rule to me. Now, I probably don't really get it, but bear with me. The attached diagrams show a very rough sketch I did followed by a cleaned up version prepared by a friend, Tom Naccarato (a JetBlue fan).
Could a narrowing of the central fuselage in the area of the wing effect a more aerodynamic solution to the current traditional model? Could this also work in the vertical dimension by allowing two bubbles instead of one? Might this be a solution to employing all of the 787 technology while exploring even newer ground in flight efficiencies? I look forward to all of your thoughts and comments.
[Edited 2005-02-02 06:19:55]