rigo wrote:I would think that with its center of gravity positioned so high above the wings, the handling of a fully loaded Beluga must be absolutely terrible.
VSMUT wrote:It is very crosswind sensitive.rigo wrote:I would think that with its center of gravity positioned so high above the wings, the handling of a fully loaded Beluga must be absolutely terrible.
It isn't the center of gravity that is high. It is probably a bit higher than a normal plane, but that big shell is pretty light. It is the much higher center of drag that would make it behave differently.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:Calling any of these planes “elegant” is bit of a stretch. It’d be interesting to see proof there’s no economic reason to haul the parts around by LCF. Just about every plane built is international.
stratclub wrote:I would imagine that the crosswind component certainly like was eluded to would require considerable piloting skills for cross wind landings.
VSMUT wrote:Well yes and no. The crosswind limits are so that it is
But that having been said, I've seen the requirements when Airbus hired pilots for the Beluga fleet. They are extremely high. Think it was a minimum of 10.000 hours, plus a lot of extras.
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