The Reason Why the Ends of Wings Are Curved on Most Planes

Posted on Dec 20, 2016

You probably haven't given it much thought, but you certainly have noticed the little curved parts on the wings of an airplane. The reason you haven't thought about that more is because you assume it has something to do with esthetics. Oh boy, were you wrong...

1. There Are Two Types of Curved Wings, but Not All Airplanes Have Them

There Are Two Types of Curved Wings, but Not All Airplanes Have Them
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2. They Are Known as Winglets

They Are Known as Winglets
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3. The Purpose of the Winglet? It's to Reduce the Wingtip Vortex

The Purpose of the Winglet? It's to Reduce the Wingtip Vortex
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4. Those Are Caused by Airplanes Moving Through the Air and They Resemble Tornados in a Way

Those Are Caused by Airplanes Moving Through the Air and They Resemble Tornados in a Way
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