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Why hasn't there been a case of an airliner breaking apart and crashing due to turbulence in the past 40-50 years?

Durability of Modern Aircraft Modern Day airliners (or even those built in the 1970s like DC-10) are built to withstand really high G-Forces. Despite the certification requirements for civil aircraft ...
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Can flaps on Airbus/Boeing airliners be deployed at high speeds during cruise, still?

There are protections against selecting flaps and slats during cruise in modern airliners. For example, on the Airbus A380 there is a function to prevent extension of flaps 1 during cruise conditions: ...
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How often does an airline pilot use the rudder pedals during flight?

At low speeds any airplane needs the rudder to maintain direction and the ailerons to keep the wings level. That's why you see the pilot jockeying the yoke of an airliner during landing videos. I've ...
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Improvements in supercritical airfoil design from 1980 - 2000

What you are looking for are called Phase 3 airfoils. While initial research focused on avoiding a shock completely at one specific operating point of the airfoil (Phase 1), Phase 2 airfoils accepted ...
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