Boeing “Moving Rapidly” Toward 777X Launch

By Jens Flottau
Source: AWIN First

Fancher told Aviation Week the folding arrangement will only be for the tip of the wing. “It is as complex as a landing gear door.” Because it will be so far outboard, only “a couple of wires” will be affected crossing the fold. Boeing once studied a similar concept for the 777-300ER, but eventually dropped it. Fancher stressed the earlier design would have affected many more systems and the control surfaces, unlike the design for the 777X.

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