Are airplanes with rear mounted engines on commercial jets a thing of the past? Do you think we will ever see a new plane with rear mounted engines again? All of the models above are no longer in production, or almost out of production.
Airbus has never built a plane with rear mounted engines.
Boeing only built two, the 727 which was first flown in 1963 and the 717 was inherited from McDonnell Douglas.
McDonnell Douglas is gone and their DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, DC-10, and MD-11's will eventually go. Except for NW of course.
The One-Eleven, L-1011, F28, F70, F100, Vickers VC-10, and HS-121 Trident are disappearing or gone.
The Tu-134, Tu-154, Yak-40, Yak-42, IL-62 are all ancient planes so I assume they are not being made anymore.
That leaves us with the only commercial jets being made with rear engines are the CRJ and ERJ. With the success of the new Embraer wing mounted jets, 170, 175, 190, & 195, and the slow down of the CRJ and ERJ lines. Could this be it? Will they be the last?
I have heard before that structurally, it is easier to place an engine on the wing rather than the fuselage; less structure, lower cost, less weight, less fuel, less cost. Is that true?
I have also heard that wing mounted engines are easier to maintain because they are lower to the ground and the tail mounted engines like on the 727, DC-10 and L-1011 were especially difficult to maintain because of their location. True?
I also assume there is less noise under the wing, what else?
Is there any reason why we might see tail mounted or rear mounted engines again?