CF188A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5395 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?