My vague recollection is that the dihedral was due to the small rudder of the DC-10 (vs the L-1011). The smaller and lighter stabilizer of the MD-11 was due to the LSAS (a form of FBW for the stabilizer) allowing relaxed stability to decrease fuel burn. The resulting MD-11 behavior on landing was an...Jump to post
When talking about parts for maintenance etc. If the 737 keeps the "same fuselage" but changes everything else, would there be any benefit ? The fuselage isn't really a spare part. The doors and windows maybe ? But you would probably want to upgrade them too. The A300 and A330 have been m...Jump to post
I'm no expert but what about reusing the 737 fuselage with a new wing, new cockpit, fbw, and this patented engine mounting allowing the 737 MAX Square to keep its trademark short legs : http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2...Jump to post
I just found out that Boeing has a new patent # 010,814,990 on mounting larger turbofans to jets with short legs such as the 737 MAX. How likely are we to see a MAX redesign to accommodate much larger turbofans ?
I am from eastern Belgium (Liege), and it is almost faster and cheaper to hop on a non stop high-speed train to DUS or FRA and catch a LH or Condor non stop flight to the West Coast, especially with the rail and fly DB tickets. I never ever use BRU for long haul flights.Jump to post