posted on Dec, 28 2014 @ 08:29 PM
a reply to: aholic
The pods on a KC-135 wing add a lot of stress to the wingtip. They're so far out on the wing that it puts all the strain on the wingtip itself.
The winglet helps airflow off the tip of the wing, to help with lift. It also adds wing, but more importantly it's going to cause the air to swirl
around the wingtip.
Besides the obvious issue of that being a lot of weight on the wingtip, when the drogue is extended, the air coming off the winglet is going to cause
it to swirl wildly, and almost impossible for the receiver to hook up to it.