Date: 31 Jul 97 12:30:26 From: richard@rmit.EDU.AU (Richard A. Muirden) Organization: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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After following C. Martin Faure's posts in recent weeks regarding winglets, their use and lack thereof, and having seen today an article in Australian Aviation that says the 767-400ER will now *not* have winglets but a "raked wingtip" design I'm reminded of a question that has been in the back of my mind for a while. This relates to the IL-96 and TU-204 Russian airliners - both which have winglets, but both which *appear*(to the eye anyway) to be way out of proportion (ie; too big) to the rest of the aircraft compared to western types such as the A330/A340 and 747-400 winglets. Does anyone know if it is because of the specific Russian designs, or that they've just done a copy-cat perhaps without doing all the sums and maybe thought something as simple as "bigger is better" ? Does anyone have any figures one way or the other to determine if they help or hinder the Russian types? trivia r us, richard -- Richard Muirden, Senior Unix Systems Administrator Infrastructure Services Branch, RMIT Information Technology Services Likes: Shostakovich (144 CD's), 'planes, sci-fi, cats, cuddling, romance, ... mailto: richard@rmit.EDU.AU http://www.rmit.edu.au/richard "Worlds may change, Galaxies disintergrate, but a Woman always remains a Woman"