Saturday, May 24, 2008
On a Wing and a Prayer!
This was taken Wednesday while flying to Newark NJ on one of Air Tran's new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Aircraft wing technology has leaped forward in the past decade with the advent of blended winglets fitted on the wing tips. Winglets improve engine performance, the B737-800 has a cruising distance of 4,500km (3,060 nautical miles).
The wings are of fail-safe design with aluminium alloy-structure with a corrosion-resistant skin. The nosecone, wing and fuselage fairings, fin tips, the fairings of the flap actuators and other non-stressed components are constructed from glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics (GFRP and CFRP). The rear of the engine nacelles are constructed of graphite, Kevlar and glass fibre composites.
Pretty cool stuff!!!