Re: A 777 with four engines.

Date:         26 Jul 98 23:57:13 
From: (Niels Sampath)
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  "The Warden" writes:

> Personally, I think the 777 should be a trijet, at least...

	Due to the vagaries of cyberspace on th eroute from my
ISP to this forum, I may be late with this news but:
The latest Flight International reported that Boeing is seriously
considering a large APU-with-thrust* for the 777X. i.e a tailpipe
for the APU/engine would be in the tail for boosted take-offs.
This would require a `levered' main gear to avoid tailpipe
strikes on rotation, and of course, increased operating costs,
but it is interesting.  Also   after hearing here how `winglets
are for wings that aren't that well designed'  it seems
Boeing has learned from its 737BBJ winglets  and the 777X may
have winglets.

*I think the engine considered was a varient of the McBoeing F-18s
TF-404..but I don't have the mag handy.