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Horizontal Stabilizer Winglets?

Sat Sep 06, 2003 10:58 am

With all the advances with winglet and blended wingtips, how come airplane manufacturers aren't experimenting with horizontal stabilizer winglets?

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RE: Horizontal Stabilizer Winglets?

Sat Sep 06, 2003 11:11 am

Unless they already have with no real improvement. Then again, why do the Airbus STs have them? Might be more of a Tech Forum thread.

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RE: Horizontal Stabilizer Winglets?

Sat Sep 06, 2003 11:24 am

Winglets increase efficiency by reducing induced drag. Induced drag is created as a byproduct of lift. Horizontal stabs don't have a significant amount of lift, and are therefore not needed. The "winglets" you see on some horizontal stabilizers, such as the A300-600ST and 747 Shuttle Transport are added for additional stability.

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