From: email@example.com (No, that's me over here!) Organization: MIT PLASMA FUSION CENTER Date: 19 Sep 94 01:28:35 References: 1 Followups: 1
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Wellllll.....I'm certainly no expert on this, but you could use the 'Gimli Glider' incident as a guide (for Boeing 767-200s anyway). The aircraft encountered fuel starvation @FL390 and was able to glide ~175 miles fro a position just due south of Red Lake, Ontario to the former military airfield at Gimli, Manitoba, which is approx 175 statute miles. This gives a glide ratio of about 23:1. It might be a little better than that since the pilot in command needed to locate the runway and then sideslipped the aircraft to lose altitude while on final (you know, in a glider I guess it isn't 'final', it's 'only'). I suspect the 757 would have a similar value, since the wing section is, I believe, similar. I 'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. BTW, if you're ever anywhere where Air Canada are flying their 767s, the 'Gimli Glider' a/c is tail number 604. Don't expect them to talk about it too much, though (nor Boeing).