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Old 28 February 2018, 12:59 AM
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Airplane

To clarify: Everything you do to an airplane to make it heavier decreases the safety of the people on board, and also that of the people in the immediate vicinity of where it operates. Every extra ounce makes it harder to accelerate and decelerate, increases the stall speed, and decreases the range and loiter time. Not much, but it does accumulate. So the safety benefits of any added mass must be carefully evaluated lest it subtract more benefit than it adds.
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