friendly1uk wrote:Winglets so big they need winglets.
That's a pretty astute observation! I know the guy who heads the company who supplies all current Boeing aircraft with winglets, (sounds like BS, but true) he has a "summer cabin" (a big ranch) in a remote part of Idaho, a bit over 100 miles from my place. I'm over due to stop in and BS with him a bit. http://www.aviationpartners.com/company.html
He has what I believe is the largest private airstrip in the US, 7500' long, paved and fenced (to keep out wildlife, you don't want a elk running out in front of you when taking off in a Lear or a G-4), and in his control tower, the only elevator in the entire county! At 400' I have one of the if not the shortest airstrips in the country, in continuous use now for 35 years, and this weird fact concerning our two strips, made us somehow simpatico the first time we met, he's a great guy and real down home, and I'm welcome to drop in there anytime. It is in a huge empty valley, and when you see this apparition appearing in the distance, it looks like something out of a James Bond movie, so unexpected and at the same time done so well, better then most good sized city airports.
Back to the winglets on the plane pictured: they do look pretty strange, hard to say how they work, interesting though!
Also "believe it or not," just last night I met my neighbor's brother, a guy in his 50's or so, when I asked him what he did, he said he acts as the interface between the performance/flying end of Boeing aircraft, and the maintenance section, or words to that effect. He started out as a A &P (aircraft airframe and powerplant mechanic) and over his years/decades with the company rose up to "keeping it real" between what the wrenchers need to be able to maintain the designs the engineer's dream up. It was a very complicated explanation, but that's what I understood. Too bad I didn't see this thread yesterday, I could have asked him! As it was, we were busy drinking beer and playing horseshoes.