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Winglets On 747 Classics - Why No Success  
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

In 2000 Aviation partners tested huge blended winglets on a 742 freighter, registered N639FE, a former Fedex/Flying Tigers/SAS airplane (no photo w. winglets available on a.net). Why has no 747 Classic ever been equipped with them. Too expensive? I mean, on a 747, winglets must save $$$, so why was the project quietly cancelled?

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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 4305 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

Probably because theres not much mileage left in 747 classics

The newest must be approaching 20 years old and there must be a severe fuel burn disadvantage compared to the latest 747 freighters.

IMO any upgrade would need to change the propulsion as well as adding winglets; and in all probability the airframe wouldn't have enough life left to justify it

User currently offlineAeroweanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4188 times:
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747 Classics are a dying breed, so the market just wasn't there.

User currently offlineDcrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

I could just imagine standing next to those 15 foot winglets. Incredible, thank you for the picture Aeroweanie.

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User currently offlineJcded From Switzerland, joined Jan 2004, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

Those would look hot on Air Force 1

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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3810 times:

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 1):
Probably because theres not much mileage left in 747 classics

I think they have achieved a 7% saving in fuel burn, but don't quote me on that ! So just let's say they reduce fuel burn by 4%, on a thirsty 747 Classic, this means huge savings ! The classics of some operators will be around for some time to come, e.g. Kalitta or MK airlines, so I think the programme would have made sense. IMO the fuel price was't high enough at that time.

Exceptions confirm the rule.
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