DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35 Posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9215 times:
Hello to all,
I was looking at this picture as it was in the popular pictures feed over the last few hours and couldn't help but notice that it appears as though the inboard flap guide of this aircraft looks like it has been crushed inwards and a gaping hole left in the side. Initially I thought this could be the light and dirt playing tricks. What do you all think? Interesting nonetheless.
Same aircraft, 13 days earlier. Similar appearance of right inboard flap track fairing. Almost certainly is grease and dirt rather than damage if that appearance remained for that long. Damage would have been addressed immediately.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8124 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8849 times:
You are apparently not very familiar with the appearance of the B777 in detail The inboard flap track fairings have had this unique look from the very beginning - and it can be seen on virtually any 777, old or new.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8803 times:
Quoting goldenstate (Reply 2): Same aircraft, 13 days earlier. Similar appearance of right inboard flap track fairing. Almost certainly is grease and dirt rather than damage if that appearance remained for that long.
Comparison shot takes care of the question. Interesting effect from the dirt/grease and the lighting. Definitely had to take a second look.
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DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19510 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8478 times:
The inboard flap track canoe splits open as part of the normal flap extension sequence. That gives it its unusual appearance. All 777's have the same basic wing design. You are seeing some of the flap track machinery through the hole at that angle, giving it a twisted appearance.
Now that I've explained it, look at Aaron's pictures and then look at yours and it'll all make sense.
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3524 times:
Its the shape of the canoe that is revealing the flap carriage and the lower skin of the flap. Another words, the mess is creating an illusion of damage...good catch though. Kind of like a plumber when he bends over too much and the junk shows...(no offense to plumbers)