# Can the center of gravity ever fall outside the mean aerodynamic chord?

Can the aircraft center of gravity be outside the mean aerodynamic chord (i.e. %MAC being negative or more than 100%), at least theoretically?

I'm not an expert in aviation. All I've heard is the safe CG range on nearly all aircraft lies between 10 and 50% MAC.

• A one liner without explanation and an image is not a good answer. Furthermore I don't agree that it's right the way it is currently written, what I think you mean is an aircraft with a canard configuration can have a CG outside the MAC. Though even then, the fact it has canards isn't what actually allows it to have the CG outside the MAC, it's a combination of design factors. – Notts90 supports Monica Jun 2 '17 at 6:37