Re: 747-400 without a winglet !

From:         tristar500@aol.com (TriStar500)
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Date:         05 Oct 95 13:25:58 
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>but would it upset the aircraft
>balance or something only having one? and how could it come off? is
>it lying in the pacific somewhere, or dropped off over someone's farm?

It may have been removed because it was damaged, maybe a bird strike.

You would be amazed at the parts (fairings, access doors, flap sections)
that can be removed from an airplane and have it still be legal to fly.
You can pretty much count on a performance penalty (decreased takeoff
weight, speed restrictions, things like that) associated with that part
being gone though.

I've never looked at the MMELs that are available at various sites to see
if they include the Configuration Deviation List. This is a list of parts
that can be removed from the airplane and not prohibit further flight.
Anyone know if the CDL is included in the MMEL?

Dave