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New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:48 pm

I know that winglets are here to stay because they save fuel, make the plane more stable, and give the pax a little smoother ride, but gosh darn these things are ugly!!


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Am I the only one to feel this way? I cringe everytime I see a plane with winglets. I know, I'd better get used to it.
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billreid
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:51 pm

How about having a contest.
Which airline has the Biggest darn winglets?
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:58 pm

Quoting BillReid (Reply 1):
How about having a contest.
Which airline has the Biggest darn winglets?

Heres a contest:

Who cares about the damn winglets, theyre not there for show... instead for fuel savings.

I know were all aviation enthusiasts... but jeez!  Smile
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:03 pm

Quoting Boeingguy1 (Reply 2):
Who cares about the damn winglets, theyre not there for show... instead for fuel savings.

I don't think you got my meaning. Wasn't i really saying who cares but as you already have this thread.......
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:27 pm

Quoting Boeingguy1 (Reply 2):
Heres a contest:

Who cares about the damn winglets, theyre not there for show... instead for fuel savings.

I know were all aviation enthusiasts... but jeez!

How is that a contest?  psst 
 
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:45 pm

They kind of make the airplane look like a 1964 Cadillac....with the fins and all,
 
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:01 pm

Quoting Contrails (Thread starter):
know that winglets are here to stay because they save fuel, make the plane more stable, and give the pax a little smoother ride, but gosh darn these things are ugly!!

I don't think they are ugly. I think they make the plane look futuristic and more modern. We need more modern equipment in our airlines. Can't wait for the Boeing 787 to start service. Now that is the future of aviation for sure.
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AC320tech
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:30 pm

Form vs. Function folks.

I dont think the winglets look bad, they do make the plane look spiffy. Bu who cares? Its all about fuel savings here.
 
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:39 pm

The winglets are the same size on all 737NG planes. Sometimes the paintjob makes them look bigger. In this pic it's the angle that make both winglets on top of the other so it makes the left look taller.
 
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RE: New AA Winglets

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:57 pm

Once upon a time it was easy to be an airplane enthusiast. Swept back wings, engines that looked like rockets and made a noise that let you know they had power, and variations in airliners that gave each some personality. Lately, they've lost that personality and become bland variations of the same configuations; 2 engines underwing or in the back, and no roar.
In my opinion, while I love that they save fuel and money for the airlines, they look pretty damn sharp and are the first thing in a while that is a cool addition to the fleets and not a step backwards into dullsville.

But that's just me.
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:03 am

So, they're big... it's not size that counts, it's how you use them....

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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:13 am

In my opinion a 737NG looks by far better with winglets. Just love AM's 73G's. The first 737 I saw with winglets was TZ and it looked awesome. But as most guys here have already mentioned, the airline could careless how it looks. It is about what it does.
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:34 am

The thing that I've always been struck by with these winglets -- and this picture in the original post shows it quite well -- is just their sheer size. Unless you are right up next to them, it is hard to recognize just how massive they are. Those things are really tall!
 
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:47 am

I'm obviously outnumbered, but as I said I'll have to get used to it.

There is something striking about the winglets, especially these. If it saves fuel I'm all for it. I'll just have to adjust - somehow.

Thanks for the good responses.
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:47 am

Likewise, I think winglets look nice in most cases... the exceptions are like AA where they're painted some god-aweful shade of grey. On CO and WN planes they just seem to make the plane (and paint job) look more complete.
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:04 am

I like them on both the 737 and 757..I think they look bad ar$e..!

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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:17 am

There was also talk of a hush kit and winglets available for the MD-80, do you think AA will go for these as well? Surprisingly, the MD-80 looks nice with the winglets:


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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:19 am

Isn't it the same winglet's as other 737-800's have? From Aviation Partners Boeing?
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:22 am

Form and function, the winglets look great on the -800. The -700 is alittle goofy, but still not bad.
 
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:26 am

See I don't like certain winglets like the 737NG's version, however I do like the ones for the 752's and those triangular objects on the ends of 764/772LR/773ER's.
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:49 am

Quoting CRGsFuture (Reply 19):
those triangular objects on the ends of 764/772LR/773ER's.

they are called "raked" wingtips.... Smile
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RE: New AA Winglets

Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:12 am

Quoting Jacobin777:
they are called "raked" wingtips....

Thanks a lot, I never knew the name of them.
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