|Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):|
but I can't help but wonder if the original was drawn just to drum up excitement while all along they knew that shape was unrealistic.
|Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):|
the as-built design proved to be superior.
|Quoting VC10er (Reply 6):|
but had the design shown performance benefits considerably better than the current end results, I would assume that those higher costs would have been offset by even more orders on a frame that Boeing could charge even more for.
|Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 8):|
Therein lies the problem: the swoopy design (more on that later) DOESN'T accomplish anything useful, because it WEIGHS MORE. Any miniscule performance gains are offset by extra weight.
Of course, I'm speaking to the tail design here. I have no idea why the cockpit windshield ended up the way it did, other than nose shape. When you stretch out the nose as was originally depicted, you create a lot of extra cabin volume forward of the rudder pedals. And what exactly do you put there? Nothing. It's fly by wire. So nothing.
|Quoting ikramerica (Reply 5):|
Because it costs more to be interesting
|Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 12):|
|Quoting atypical (Reply 11):|
|Quoting B777LRF (Reply 3):|
Short of the long: It cost more to produce than a 'traditional' tail, and since Boeing moved to Chicago under the management of MBAs wielding razor sharp excel spreadsheets, no expense has been spared in the quest to lower cost.
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