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Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?  
User currently offlineFlyerC_B757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 821 times:

I read somewhere that it's a miscontraception that head winds mean you will arrive to your dest. early, and that it's actually TAIL winds that do that; not HEAD winds. Please explain!!!

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User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 798 times:

Well obviously tail winds will get you there quicker as they are comming from behind you and travelling in the same direction you are, but Head winds are blowing against you thus slowing your flying speed. Put Simply.
Hope you understand
Dan  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4776 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 791 times:

Headwinds increase airspeed but reduce groundspeed...meaning you arrive at the destination later. Tailwinds have the oppositte effect, reducing airspeed but increasing groundspeed meaning you arrive earlier in a tailwind.

User currently offlineDFORD757 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 786 times:

A tail wind gives you a faster ground speed (the speed that you are traveling relative to the ground) A head wind gives you a slower ground speed. Hope that helps!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineMtlu From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 774 times:

The difference between flying head wind and tail wind is
significant.

Last time I flew SFO to TPE, it took almost 14 hours.
Coming back TPE to SFO, it was 10 hours.

MTL


User currently offlineBostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 772 times:

On one trip from BOS to LGW, it was 5:15 (usually 6:00) eastbound with a tailwind from a storm, and 9:00 (usually ~7:00) westbound into the same wind.

User currently offlineAgnusBymaster From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 766 times:

Obviously, if you are fighting against the wind, you will not travel as quickly as if the wind were pushing you (a tailwind).

Frankly, I've never heard anyone say the inverse.

"miscontraception"---That's a new word!


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 760 times:

If you take a look at my recent trip report with BA to JFK and from BOS, you will see that in both instances, tailwinds contributed to a shorter flight.

Flying back from BOS to LHR on Monday, the flight took just 5hrs30mins.

Flying to JFK we made up 1 hour in lost time, due to tailwinds of 10-60km/h throughout the flight.


User currently offlineBigleaf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 751 times:

All that talk about HEAD and TAIL has you thinking about contraception.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 744 times:

I have flown BOS - LHR in under five hours before (about 4 hrs 45 min) on a 777 (no traffic going into LHR), but on the return it took a good 7 hours (it would have been 5.5 hours if it was not pouring in Boston that afternoon) on a 747-200.

Jeff


User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 725 times:

CPDC10-30,

Can you please explain this statement, you have confused me Headwinds increase airspeed


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