From: Jean-Francois Mezei <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Vaxination Informatique Date: 13 Sep 96 03:03:38 References: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Followups: 1 2
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C. Marin Faure wrote: > wing technology we put into the 777 wing. The industry has learned a lot > about wings, wing structure, and aerodynamics since the Boeing 737 and 747 > were designed, so much so that the performance improvements of today's > wings are considerable. Ok, so in the case of the 747, the old wing design had become a "hindrance" to added pax and range, so the use of a totally new wing with today's efficient designs is a "must" in order to acheive the stated goals (range/pax). However, in the case of the potential A3XX, since the A340 already has a modern wing, is it conceiveable that Airbus might be able to adapt the existing 340 wing design instead of design a brand new one from scratch ? Would such a "new" wing be all that different from the existing 340 wing ? And taking this to another plane, if Boeing builds its new 747s, could the 777s wings not be adapted to the new 747s ? Even if the actual wing cannot be adapted litterally, wouldn't the expertise and computer simulation programmes developped for the 777 not reduce the costs of the 747s new wings ? Or would this knowledge already be considered "old" and no longer state-of-the-art forcing Boeing to start from "scratch" ?