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Why do most commercial aircraft have their fuselage over the wing, instead of under? [duplicate]

Almost all commercial jets today seem to have the fuselage/cabin mounted above the wing, why is this? why isn't it mounted under the wing like some freight airplanes? Examples of above and under? ...
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Why are the wings of most passenger jets on the bottom? [duplicate]

I have always wondered why most manufacturers put the wings on the bottom of commercial jets. Help would be appreciated.
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Can jet airplanes operate on 'rough' airfields?

A question I've always wondered is: can jet aircraft - not turboprop in this case - operate from 'rough' airstrips. My definition of 'rough' is grass or maybe a smooth mud airfield. I know that there'...
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Why do (almost) all military transports have high wings and civilian transports low wings?

I've observed that almost all military transports have high wings (with a pronounced anhedral) and almost all civilian airliners have low wings (with a pronounced dihedral) — why is this? The ...
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Why are high-wing aircraft more stable?

A high-wing aircraft is considered to be more stable in a side-slip because of the pendulum effect. How does the pendulum effect increase stability in high wing aircraft? This question is about high-...
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What are the advantages or disadvantages of a mid wing design?

Are there advantages or disadvantages to a mid wing design for a monoplane? If so, how would this design compare to a high wing or a low wing monoplane design? What might be the aerodynamic ...
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Why is the wing of large commercial jet aircraft usually located below the fuselage?

When the wing of an aircraft is located above the fuselage, the aircraft is generally considered more stable. When the wing of an aircraft is located below the majority of the fuselage, the aircraft ...
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What are some advantages and disadvantages of have the wing on top of the airplane? [duplicate]

Most commercial airplanes have the wings on the bottom of the aircraft to lift the body better, but what about the sugar volt concept that has the wing on the top
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Are STOL kits that use leading edge slats available for 'typical' GA aircraft?

Has anyone tried fitting leading edge slats to any of the 'typical' general aviation aircraft? If so, are the benefits worthwhile? I know they're available for the Piper Super Cub, but I haven't been ...
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Are there any specific weight or structural reasons to choose low vs. high wings for a cargo aircraft?

I have a large cargo aircraft concept and I am debating between a high or low wing. It seems like both are viable, but intuitively it seems structurally harder to support a high wing. Alternatively ...
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How do high-wing and low-wing aircraft compare in terms of structural damage in a crash?

Which type of aircraft is more likely to avoid damage to the aircraft structure: high-winged aircraft or low-winged aircraft? What factors influence the type of damage usually sustained during a ...
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How to deal with larger and larger engines [closed]

What are possible solutions, if aircraft manufacturers can't fit ever larger turbofans onto the standard low-wing passenger jet configuration? Below, we see a 737 with large turbofans. If a new ...