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Why No Wing Let On 744 Domestic?  
User currently offlineTsufang@ci From Taiwan, joined Feb 2002, 39 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

i've visit the boeing site to see the information about commercial airplane data
one interesting different between 744 and 744 domestic version that's no wing let on domestic version
why?as i know wing let is to reduce the effect of lift reduction cause by wing span too wide and large then the pressure under the wing large than the pressure on upper surface of the wing and on the most outboard position on the wing produce a down wash force let the lift reduce
and the wing let just like a wall to against this situation occur
so how do u think about no wing let on 744 domestic version?thanks

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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

:bangs head on desk: read the Why no Winglets in 717 thread that was a while back.

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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

Dear Tsufang@ci -
PPGMD did mention it - for the 717, and I remember there had been about the same type of explanations about 747-400D a few months in the past as well...
The 747-446D (JAL) and 747-481D (ANA) are optimized for typical 90 to 120 minutes-long sectors, so they spend very little time in cruise, which is the only time winglets can be justified for economy...
I heard (or read) that - in addition, the 400D do not have the extra tank in the tail - and I also learned that if the airplane, at a later time, is used on longer sectors, the winglets can be installed... I think I read something about 2 of ANA's airplanes, retrofitted with winglets to operate on longer sectors.
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User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Without getting too technical, B747Skipper has it correct- the winglets only improve performance during extended cruise. By removing them they have slightly better takeoff performance.

And yes, this is retrofitable- either the addition of winglets, or, conversly, the removal of winglets to convert the plane to a -400D.

The fuel tank I understand is technically still possible to order with a 400D, but due to the short distances the airlines intend to operate them, this is not justified, and are therefore not ordered. I'm not sure what happens, though, if an airline converts a -400 to a -400D.

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User currently offlineCCA From Australia, joined Oct 2002, 928 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

It costs fuel to have the additional weight of winglets but the reduction in drag from the winglet saves fuel, so there is a balance point at which the winglet starts saving fuel over the amount it costs to carry them and this point is about 2 hours into the flight so 400D's flights of less than 2 hours save fuel due to the fact of they aren't paying for the weight of the winglets.
Now I just checked the MEL and a missing winglet causes an increase of 2.5% in fuel burn now that isn't entirely the benefit of the winglet as the end of the wing is a little untidy without the winglet which will cause some drag.

Now the stabilizer is a normal 400 stabilizer except it has none of the plumbing for the fuel tank. As an example on this -400F you can see the two blank plates on the underside of the stabilizer towards the tip on the pick below. Freighters don't usually have the stabilizer fuel option like the 400Ds

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User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

I always thought this was why:

Basically, you have two winglets adding significant mass and not providing the aerodynamic benefits to rebuke the negative benefits of the winglets on short range flights, to put it in a nutshell for you. Please refer to the above picture for some sort of analogy Big grin Big grin Big grin.


User currently offlineN503JB From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 306 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

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This photos I was taken in Kai Tak. What's about the happen like this? Will improve performance or TOW will reduce?


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User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

Are winglets a MEL??

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Winglet's are an MEL, normally requiring entry on the configuration deviation list.
I would imagine the lack of winglets on a Jumbo at Haneda has saved many a grazed paint job!
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