A Rare AS 739 Without Winglets

Old Jun 7, 2019, 9:26 pm
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A Rare AS 739 Without Winglets



So... donít know if you saw, but N303AS was repainted. What makes that unique is itís one of only three aircraft in Alaskaís fleet that do not have winglets. I guess this gives you a look at what a 737-400 in ASí new colors would have looked like. While I donít think the winglets look bad, I do like the nice clean look of jets without them.

NOTE: This is not my photo, I did not capture it. Originally taken by Chris Phan.

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Old Jun 8, 2019, 12:22 am
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Nice shot! Reminds of the way things used to be. Now do a tri-holer in the new livery...
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 12:25 am
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Did you take this photo? I notice you've cropped out the watermark and photographers name.
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 2:58 am
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No, this is not my photo.
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by RAD_PDX
Did you take this photo? I notice you've cropped out the watermark and photographers name.
Originally Posted by mastergamindude
No, this is not my photo.
Yeah, please don't do that. It's best to just link to the page, frowned upon to copy and post just the photo, but way uncool to remove the copyright banner.

N303AS was the second prototype 739; N302AS was the former N737X, the prototype 739. That one also went in for paint earlier this week. Neither is able to get the winglet upgrade for reasons I don't understand, but am hoping someone here could fill us in...
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by Kaphias
Yeah, please don't do that. It's best to just link to the page, frowned upon to copy and post just the photo, but way uncool to remove the copyright banner.

N303AS was the second prototype 739; N302AS was the former N737X, the prototype 739. That one also went in for paint earlier this week. Neither is able to get the winglet upgrade for reasons I don't understand, but am hoping someone here could fill us in...
I don't know the specifics, but there's something different about the wingtip structure of the 739 flight test articles that makes attaching the standard 737 NG winglets unfeasible.
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by jinglish
I don't know the specifics, but there's something different about the wingtip structure of the 739 flight test articles that makes attaching the standard 737 NG winglets unfeasible.
from what I remember from my 767 flight test days, the internal structure on those birds has a lot of holes, brackets, etc that were necessary to accommodate instrumentation runs
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 4:47 pm
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i flew on this plane earlier this year on LAS-SEA. That flight reminded me how terrible 737s really are without the sky interior.
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 6:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Kaphias
Yeah, please don't do that. It's best to just link to the page, frowned upon to copy and post just the photo, but way uncool to remove the copyright banner.

N303AS was the second prototype 739; N302AS was the former N737X, the prototype 739. That one also went in for paint earlier this week. Neither is able to get the winglet upgrade for reasons I don't understand, but am hoping someone here could fill us in...
https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9330623
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Old Jun 8, 2019, 11:03 pm
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The first 3,4 739 to Alaska were such early build that they cannot be easily reconfigured to winglets. Obviously it involves the structure within the wing.
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Old Jun 9, 2019, 8:43 pm
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Winglets don't always save you efficiency or fuel, especially on trips under 2 hours. Winglets also make crosswind landings more difficult and lowers the crosswind component threshholds. The original 737NGs came standard WITHOUT winglets. I believe Boeing then started adding blended winglets as part of the manufacturing process, but the scimitar winglets are owned by another company and installed by them.
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Old Jun 9, 2019, 10:31 pm
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