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Winglets offer fuel-savings for 737 MAX

Winglets on Boeing’s 737 MAX are expected to deliver fuel efficiency gains of 1.5 per cent for a class of aircraft predicted to grow to 24,670 between 2013 and 2032.

GKN has been selected to produce the parts, with production taking place at the company’s site at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Final assembly will take place at GKN’s facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina. 

Development of the 737 MAX - Boeing’s newest family of single-aisle aircraft  - is on schedule with firm configuration achieved in July 2013.

First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. GKN will deliver the first developmental winglets to Boeing in 2015.

 

Source: Boeing

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  • I have read that "Blended winglets were invented by Burt Rutan", is that correct?

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  • The concept originated from Frederick W. Lanchester in the late 19th century. More details on the history of the winglet can be found here: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/about/Organizations/Technology/Facts/TF-2004-15-DFRC.html

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