Hello, everyone. I'm a new member of Airliners.net, but I've read and enjoyed postings and photos here for quite some time.
By way of introduction, as a layman, I'm not particularly well-versed concerning the technical aspects of aircraft. I've always liked Boeing aircraft because of Boeing's storied history, as well as a comparative familiarity with the company's products.
I have a question that may seem rather ordinary. The question is, do you believe that the wings on Boeing aircraft, such as 737-800, and as displayed on Airliners.net, seem slightly "greasier" than those on comparable Airbus aircraft (e.g., the Airbus A320)? I spent a little time last night looking at the various photographs of Boeing versus Airbus aircraft posted on this site, and noticed a very slight, but discernible, difference in the amount of "grease streaks" in photographs of the upper surface of the wings of either kind of aircraft.
Is this a misimpression on my part? Is this merely a statistical anomaly of some kind, resulting from the small sample of photographs posted? For your reference, I did a Photo Search under "737" and "wing", and "A320" and "wing", respectively, in the appropriate search fields.
The difference is hardly noticeable, but it seems to be there.
Again, I am primarily a Boeing fan, and certainly mean no offense in regard to this question. Even if Boeing wings are slightly "greasier" than Airbus wings, I should hardly consider this to be very significant, since in my opinion, Boeing craft are preferable in so many other ways.
Thank you in advance for your comments in this matter; I hope someone can provide an answer from experience as to whether my impression concerning the comparative grease streaks is correct.
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