I was curious about the A300 (all models) leading edge design and operation. While looking at the wing, the slat is essentially operated as one large slat that does not have the traditional "break" at the engine pylon. What I am curious about though is the part of the leading edge right where the wing joins the fuselage. From a distance, it appears that its a separate slat that slides down, but upon looking closer, it appears to be a Kruger flap. Does anyone have further information about how this flap operates? It simply doesn't resemble Kruger flaps commonly found on Boeing products. Does any one have any pictures or video of it in operation?
I can remember being at Stapleton Airport in the early 1990's and seeing Continental's A300s parked at the gate. These aircraft would have their slats down. I know the A300 has the option to just have the slats down (there are several topics on here about A300 No-Flap departures). Was this simply a CO
company policy to leave them down to save wear and tear? Do other A300 operators do this? I cannot recall seeing a UPS or FedEx A300 with slats down on the ramp.
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