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Why don't military aircraft have winglets?

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Answer #1 | 23/07 2015 20:24
Those only work at a steady speed & make meuvering slower & harder, which is not what military fighter aircraft want.
Answer #2 | 23/07 2015 20:45
what for? seriously: what for? please explain why winglets would be useful on a military airplane. later: efficiency is not a design requirement for most military planes. they require high performance, agility and, if possible, a reduced radar and acoustic signature. note that the c-17 globemaster *does* have winglets. as a transport plane that flies much like an airliner, it makes sense. the c-5 galaxy doesn't have winglets, its design pre-dates them, and there is little point in retrofitting them to a design that already works.
Answer #3 | 23/07 2015 23:02
Some military aircraft do, but since winglets are only advantageous for fuel efficiency in long-range cruising flight , they aren't really beneficial. For aircraft that abriptly maneuver at high G-forces, winglets can be a hindrance, especially from a structural standpoint. Have you ever seen an aerobatic aircraft with winglets? Case closed.
Answer #4 | 24/07 2015 02:57
SOME ACTUALLY DO....though it's mainly cargo and transport aircraft like the C-17 or the C-40 (the military version of the 737-200) Though that's cause they help flying long range at sub-sonic speeds so only cargo and military versions of modern airliners would have any use for them.
Answer #5 | 23/07 2015 20:22
Military transport aircraft do. I think the problem with winglets on fast jets is that they would cause more problems than advantages.
Answer #6 | 23/07 2015 13:24
Those only work at a steady speed & make meuvering slower & harder, which is not what military fighter aircraft want.
Answer #7 | 23/07 2015 13:22
Military transport aircraft do. I think the problem with winglets on fast jets is that they would cause more problems than advantages.
Answer #8 | 23/07 2015 13:45
what for? seriously: what for? please explain why winglets would be useful on a military airplane. later: efficiency is not a design requirement for most military planes. they require high performance, agility and, if possible, a reduced radar and acoustic signature. note that the c-17 globemaster *does* have winglets. as a transport plane that flies much like an airliner, it makes sense. the c-5 galaxy doesn't have winglets, its design pre-dates them, and there is little point in retrofitting them to a design that already works.
Answer #9 | 23/07 2015 16:02
Some military aircraft do, but since winglets are only advantageous for fuel efficiency in long-range cruising flight , they aren't really beneficial. For aircraft that abriptly maneuver at high G-forces, winglets can be a hindrance, especially from a structural standpoint. Have you ever seen an aerobatic aircraft with winglets? Case closed.
Answer #10 | 23/07 2015 19:57
SOME ACTUALLY DO....though it's mainly cargo and transport aircraft like the C-17 or the C-40 (the military version of the 737-200) Though that's cause they help flying long range at sub-sonic speeds so only cargo and military versions of modern airliners would have any use for them.

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