|Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):|
I wonder if the blade-shaped tailcone design gave the CV-880 any drag reduction benefits over the B-707 and DC-8 design?
|Quoting F27Friendship (Reply 2):|
the convair flew significantly faster, which gave them a lot additional drag, which eventually made it a failure..
|Quoting Starglider (Reply 3):|
The Convairs were designed and built for higher speeds, those drag problems were eventually solved. Their failure was due to the fact that they arrived too late, Boeing and Douglas had already consolidated their market share and the Convairs were too small to compete. They were faster and could operate from smaller airports with shorter runways but did not have the range or capacity of the B707 and DC-8. Eventually they lost the race completely when Boeing put the B727 and Douglas put the DC-9 on the market.
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos