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Old 10th Nov 2019, 01:15
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Ascend Charlie
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Great South East, tired and retired
Posts: 2,478
Why did the rear-engine phase stop so quickly?

I thought that the clean wing, noise at the rear etc was all a good idea. F28, F100, DC-9, B727, VC-10 etc. Is it the disturbed air behind the wings, or the dirt / water spray behind the wheels on landing? CG problems with a heavy engine so far back?

It would allow larger diameter engines to be fitted without the ground clearance and software problems of the 737MAX.
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