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Boeing Considers Wingtips That Fold

Passengers on the future 777X may be surprised to see its wingtips unfolding in a design that lets the Boeing jet's immense wingspan fit at airport gates. ( More...

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GeekforChrist 3
I think it's neat. I would love to see this at the airports.
Ricky Scott 3
Original 777 design had them. More than likely just a rehash of the old idea. Im not sure the flying public would go for them.

Although the Navy been using em since the 30s. I flew on the A-3 as a crewman and saw them fold tons of times and it never bothered me.
As long as the weight of any fuel saved with the larger wing area exceeds the weight of the additional hardware, this will be an excellent project.
I heard somewhere that a Vought Crusader made a flight with it's wings folded.
One of the most well-known incidents was in 1960 when an F-8 took off from Naples (LIRN) at afterburner, climbed to 5000 feet then returned safely. The pilot reportedly complained of "increased control forces."


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