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Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:18 am

I read somewhere that it's a miscontraception that head winds mean you will arrive to your dest. early, and that it's actually TAIL winds that do that; not HEAD winds. Please explain!!!
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:22 am

Well obviously tail winds will get you there quicker as they are comming from behind you and travelling in the same direction you are, but Head winds are blowing against you thus slowing your flying speed. Put Simply.
Hope you understand
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:24 am

Headwinds increase airspeed but reduce groundspeed...meaning you arrive at the destination later. Tailwinds have the oppositte effect, reducing airspeed but increasing groundspeed meaning you arrive earlier in a tailwind.
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:26 am

A tail wind gives you a faster ground speed (the speed that you are traveling relative to the ground) A head wind gives you a slower ground speed. Hope that helps!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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The Difference Is Significant

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:40 am

The difference between flying head wind and tail wind is
significant.

Last time I flew SFO to TPE, it took almost 14 hours.
Coming back TPE to SFO, it was 10 hours.

MTL
 
BostonBeau
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:48 am

On one trip from BOS to LGW, it was 5:15 (usually 6:00) eastbound with a tailwind from a storm, and 9:00 (usually ~7:00) westbound into the same wind.
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:57 am

Obviously, if you are fighting against the wind, you will not travel as quickly as if the wind were pushing you (a tailwind).

Frankly, I've never heard anyone say the inverse.

"miscontraception"---That's a new word!
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 9:13 am

If you take a look at my recent trip report with BA to JFK and from BOS, you will see that in both instances, tailwinds contributed to a shorter flight.

Flying back from BOS to LHR on Monday, the flight took just 5hrs30mins.

Flying to JFK we made up 1 hour in lost time, due to tailwinds of 10-60km/h throughout the flight.
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 10:07 am

All that talk about HEAD and TAIL has you thinking about contraception.
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 10:20 am

I have flown BOS - LHR in under five hours before (about 4 hrs 45 min) on a 777 (no traffic going into LHR), but on the return it took a good 7 hours (it would have been 5.5 hours if it was not pouring in Boston that afternoon) on a 747-200.

Jeff
 
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RE: Tail Winds-Earlier Arrival?

Wed Mar 28, 2001 1:52 pm

CPDC10-30,

Can you please explain this statement, you have confused me Headwinds increase airspeed

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