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Winglets On Military Bomber/Fighter Aircraft?  
User currently offlineCF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5877 times:

As I was reading, I looked at my models on my desk and I just wondered... (my F-15 next to my A330), would winglets actually be destructive to supersonic fighter/bomber aircraft? I mean when the sound barrier is broken, they really do not need as much thrust to continuously travel at the current speed, therefore would a reinforced winglet like design actually improve airflow giving improved range etc ? The only military aircraft which came to mind given the term winglets... was the C-17 . I am sure there are more, but I am talking about present day fighters and bombers... why have winglets never been installed and could they potentially be installed or is it simply a structural issue?.... or at that would there be no improvement to efficiency?

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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

You might have issues with the radar cross-section after adding winglets to a fighter or smaller attack aircraft.

User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5833 times:

One large bomber did have winglets, of sorts:

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User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Wingtip-mounted missiles, pods, or fuel tanks can increase the effective aspect ration of a wing.

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