|Quoting Glasgow (Thread starter):|
We all know winglets look really cool, but do they actually serve a performance purpose?
Please excuse my ignorance if the answer is really simple!
|Quoting GARPD (Reply 2):|
In a nutshell, the reduce wingtip drag, which improves overall aerodynamic performance which in turn relates to lower fuel burn. We're talking very small numbers, but put together on the medium or long range flight they add up quite nicely.
Check out this webpage for a more visual representation of the benefits.
|Quoting Glasgow (Reply 3):|
Thanks very much!
I was very surprised to learn that they can be up to 8 feet in height!
|Quoting GARPD (Reply 4):|
But when you see a pic of a mechanic standing beside a winglet about to be installed onto a 737 or 757... wow
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