Re: AA 777 wings

Date:         26 Apr 98 03:44:04 
From: (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: NorthWest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1998.611@ohare.Chicago.COM>, kls@ohare.Chicago.COM
(Karl Swartz) wrote:

C. Marin Faure wrote:
> >The folding wing idea has been dropped.  It proved uneccessary in airport
> >operations and far too heavy.

> As for being "far too heavy" the figure quoted was 3900 lbs.  While a
> lot of non-revenue producing weight, you make it seem worse.

Using the FAA's average weight per passenger of 170 pounds, 3,900 pounds
equals 22 passengers.  That in today's airline environment makes the
folding wing very much "far too heavy," especially if those 22 passengers
were willing to pay for business class tickets.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane