|Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):|
# the inboard flap on the left side of the picture is rubbing against the landing gear bay-doors
Yup, the gear door is fully open and it looks like there is a rubber strip along the inner edge of the flap for precisely that reason.
It shows just what tolerances airliners are really built to - how much performance would be lost by reducing the flaps just enough so they dont touch?
# the hydraulic lift on the inboard flap on the right side of the picture, is significantly larger than its opposite-sided counterpart.
As it says in the caption, its because the RAT is enclosed in the leading part of the fairing on that section.
No optical illusions, just questions that needed answering.