Boeing's New Double-Edged Winglet Saves Gas, Looks Awesome
You can call them winglets, wing tips, or even wingtip devices. After all, those cute little suckers even have their own entry on Wikipedia. Boeing knows all about reducing drag and improving fuel efficiency with their massive fleet of airplanes, and now it looks like they’re planning a new design for the 21st century. We’re a sucker for a good photo of the wing from a window seat, and we can’t wait to Instagram the heck out of one of these new winglets.
Just don’t go looking around at the airport just yet, as the plan is for the double-edged winglet to make an appearance on the company’s next generation 737 MAX. The new design looks kind of aggressive, and we’re kind of thinking that it resembles half of a ninja star or something.
Even though we’re most intrigued by the design of the new fuel saving device, it’s all to save cash and gas, according to Boeing. The plan is that this new look and technology will reduce jet fuel consumption by like five and half percent. That might not seem like that much, but we’re pretty sure it will certainly add up to quite a decent chunk of change for an airline that flies plenty of Boeing jets across the globe.
[Photo: Boeing via Seattle PI]