News

Ever noticed the wings of your aeroplane wobbling about like crazy when you peer out of your plane window during episodes of extreme turbulence?

Watching bouncing wings is a nerve-racking experience for nervous flyers and if you have an over-active imagination, you might have wondered whether the wing itself might snap off? In my head, it looks like just like a horrible snap is about to happen!

Let’s learn about the wing

To understand the wing, it is worth knowing what it is for. The wing has a number of functions, to create lift, to store fuel and to hold the jet engines in place.

Most wings are made of aluminium because it’s lightweight, stiff and strong. The Dreamliner 787 by Boeing is the first aircraft that uses composite materials like carbon fibre and glass fibre.

Aerospace grade aluminium is MUCH stronger and stiffer than the aluminium used in cans or foil. This aluminium is an alloy and not a pure metal. It is this alloy mix that gives the wing its’ strength.

A “spar” runs along the length of the wing and there are typically two spars By adding these spars, the wing designer increases the bending stiffness of the wing, which means that it’s harder for the wing to bend. These spars run all the way through the wing, from one tip to the other tip. These spars will prevent the wings from snapping off.

The two wings actually meet underneath the fuselage of the aircraft. The wings are attached to the fuselage on that wing box which is the boxy bit that you see right at the bottom.

I still look at the wings in turbulence their bouncing is frightening…

I get the theory, but in the middle of turbulence, when I look out the window at that bouncing wing, I am still worried about it coming off the plane..

It’s almost impossible for the wing to snap off. The ONE thing that could cause them to snap off is bad maintenance but if you fly western airlines you needn’t worry about this because they have a highly refined maintenance procedure. Tests scan the entire plane structure for small faults to make sure any faults do not grow any bigger and cause catastrophic failure. Bottom line, the wings of a well-maintained plane can’t fall off.

Get A Big Discount On Hotels & Flights

If you want to fly in First or Business for less or you want to book a luxury hotel, use our luxury travel concierge. We offer cheap premium flights along with free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman and more… for the same price as the hotel’s own websites.

Best Rates Guaranteed

Club1Hotels should also be in your arsenal of websites for cheap flights in any class along with wholesale prices for 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. Their BEST RATE GUARANTEE means that you will always get the cheapest price. Join for FREE.

Want Another Bargain?

Take a look at our luxury travel auctions, one of the best places to pick up a travel bargain for a fraction of its actual price!

Disclosure: Our property, service and product reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own and are in no way influenced by the sponsor.