A380 Idea "Stolen"?

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Interesting Wikipedia entry regarding the McDonnell Douglas MD12 project that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Airbus [[A380]]. 

Never built because no one ordered it and the idea died when MD and Boeing merged in 1997.

The MD12 was slightly shorter than the A380 (208 ft vs. 239) and was designed to carry 120 fewer passengers in the maximum loading configuration.