Re: New 737 engine intakes?

From:         Colin Povey <cpovey@delphi.com>
Organization: Delphi (info@delphi.com email, 800-695-4005 voice)
Date:         01 Jun 95 05:00:54 
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<chuanga@iia2.org> writes:

>I was once told that the flattened inlet on the -3/4/500 wasn't really
>necessary, but they decided to use it anyway because it was already
>designed.  So, I had the impression that the -6/7/800 would have a circular

According to a friend who worked at Boeing during this
time period, the falttened nacalles were needed as much to prevent
excess water injestion from landing on wet runways as anything
else.  They thought they would lose a lot in efficiency from the
shape, but ended up losing very very little.