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User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Did anybody ever order the 777 with folding wings?

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User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

Boeing didn't make a 777 with folding wings. Boeing was going to make a Boeing 777-200 with folded wings so that the aircraft could fit in small terminal areas but later cancelled it because it wasn't really doing anything. They were planning to make the folded wings it the first phase of the aircraft design.

There might be winglets on the long range 777-300.

Farhan Ali. Newport Beach, California


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

I thought thats what happened. But I heard that airlines wouldn't buy an airplane that had folding wings due to the publics unease in the thought of it.

User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

I know what you are talking about, I saw one of the first designs when Boeing first talked about making the Boeing 777 my dad works for Boeing and even he said that the folded wings wouldn't really do anything good for the airlines except for maybe airlines that want to fly the aircraft to small airports like Orange County (SNA).
I saw a few pictures of a 777-200 with folded wings and it doesn't look good at all.

Farhan Ali. Newport Beach, California


User currently offlinejbrezmes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

In fact, the folding wings option was a suggestion by American Airlines (I think, I'm not 100% sure) because they wanted the triple seven to fit on the same space as their DC-10's for their hub system.

Boeing designed the 777's wing so it could be easily delivered with this option if any airline wanted it, but it turned out that even American Airlines, the airline who made the suggestion, hasn´t ordered any with the folding wing option!


User currently offlineDC-10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

I remember seeing the folded wings when the design was first unveiled, however that design never came to be

User currently offlineA1ex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 2155 times:

...don't you guys think that such aircraft would look so COOL? Just like F/A-18s on US NAVY air-carriers. Imagine:

...early morning

...chilly nice air

...clear skies

...sun comes out at the horizon

...and the first beams of sun reflect the figure of a beautiful B-777 with wings folded... just like a dragonfly resting on grass.



User currently offlineTAD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

I believe that the folding wings option was installed on one of the test aircraft and certified with both the FAA and JAA.

It was American that insisted that the option be available. No airline has ordered the option, as it is a 5000-pound weight penalty. Not to mention that it would be another system to be maintained throughout the aircraft’s service life.

TAD


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (15 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

A nice hot cup of Chamomille tea would relly make the moment.

User currently offlineB767-400ER From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2000, 290 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (15 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

It is still an option, it also doesnt decrease range either( I think thats what they said).

About the long-range 777-300, I think its going to be a wing extension like those on the 767-400ER, not winglets.


User currently offlineTAAG747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

The folding wing option was never installed on an aircraft, not even a test aircraft.

The point at which the fold-line was planned was between the outboord single-stage flaps and the flaperons near the wing-tip. All wing fuel tanks are inboard of the proposed wing fold-line. No airline has ordered the option.


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