Boeing considers folding wings on next jet
For the immense wings planned for the 777X, engineers at Boeing Co. are studying a design in which the wingtips fold upward to reduce the jet's span when it sits at the gate or rolls along a taxiway.
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#1 Nov 10, 2012
"Folding Wings" of a plane is an excellent idea. Indeed, this will make the plane easily accomodated in most of the world airports. Boeing is very well known for its great innovations. B-747, B-777 and B-787 are trail-blazers in plane production. Congratulations!
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#2 Nov 10, 2012
"Folding wings" is a good idea, agreed, but far away from being a great innovation. This feature has been seen on WW II warbirds already.
#3 Dec 17, 2012
But instead of folding them up (as in carrier aircraft) they should make them swivel laterally. The wingtips should rotate around a vertical axis. The joint may look a bit ungraceful...
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