Date: 01 Dec 96 04:08:55 From: "David K. Cornutt" <email@example.com> Organization: Residential Engineering References: 1 2 3
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In article <airliners.1996.2508@ohare.Chicago.COM> MegaZone, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >I wonder if any of the 777s will have the folding wings American was >so insistant on in design. ;-) Last year, while on a trip to Seattle, I went through the Everett tour, and I asked the tour guide about this. She told me that, as none of the launch customers had expressed any interest, Boeing had dropped the folding wingtips as an option. The explanation was that, while it sounded good on paper (allow the aircraft to fit into airport gates spaced for planes with shorter wingspan), the operational complexities were such that it probably would be rarely used, and the operators didn't feel like paying the penalty of extra weight to have it. --- David K. Cornutt, Residentially Engineered, Huntsville, AL email: email@example.com I'm a rocket scientist. I know the difference between an increase and a decrease.