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Why is the aviation industry taking so long to move away from the tube with wings model? [duplicate]

The industry is spending billions on maximising fuel efficiency and reducing other costs associated with the tube-with-wings model. When will novel designs like semi-dirigible and lifting body arrive, ...
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If the modern airliner was redesigned from scratch, would it look functionally different? [duplicate]

If the modern airliner (Boeing/Airbus) was redesigned from scratch today without any need for "backward compatibility", would it look functionally different from the current design? And if so, what ...
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Why are there no blended-wing passenger airplanes in operation?

Blended wings are more beneficial when it comes to fuel efficiency increase and noise reduction. However, no manufacturer has decided to produce these airplanes for major airline operation so far. ...
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Why are modern regional jet designs shifting towards under wing engines?

Historically regional jets (eg, MD-95/B717, CRJ-700/900, ERJ-145, etc) have had their engines mounted near the rear of the fuselage. But, recently, regional jets are increasingly using an under wing ...
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Why can't this blended wing body trijet airliner fly?

I was told in this other question this aircraft was not real, and that it could not fly in this design. I'm now interested in knowing what would prevent it to fly, from an engineering point of view. ...
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Why can't planes use only flaps in the tail section instead of stabilizers?

I imagine plane having only four flaps in the back (one on top, bottom, left and right), similar to ailerons but longer and narrower. They can open from the fuselage to correct the plane's yaw or ...
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What are the pros and cons of having canard control surfaces versus a horizontal tail control surface?

For a normal civil aviation aircraft, what are the pros and cons of having Canard control surfaces or horizontal tail control surface?
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Why are there so many aircraft designs which look generally profoundly similar?

The F-86, mig-15, Dassault Ouragan The b-1 and tu-160 Concorde, tu-144, 2707 The low wing and T tail with two engines at the back. (CRJ, dc9) The 'standard' shape with the mid aircraft wings, and ...
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How much effect does the nose design of the plane have?

Boeing 747 nose Which looks like a goose head which, for me, much uglier than 737 which has a head similar to which is of course, much better looking from my point of view. Why are there different ...
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Is an aeroplane's design only functional? [duplicate]

Many parts of a car are not obligatory. They are attached or formed to make the car look better. Are aeroplanes(especially airliners) only designed for function or are there any parts that are purely ...
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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.