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The pods under the wings

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Pod Boy

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:46 am 

I have a long running argument with a person about the 'pod' looking things under the wings of the A380 (and other commercial jets). What i am talking about are the 5 or so 'pod' looking things that sit under each wing. I suspect that they encase hydraulics.

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Chief Captain
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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:19 pm 

I believe they encase the motors for the flaps and slats. In that case so they are aerodynamic Very Happy
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First Officer
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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:27 pm 

Jon pretty much hit it. They are a part of the engine system that help run the flaps, slats, spoilers, and the rest of the systems in the wings.
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First Officer
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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 9:09 pm 

They also house the hinges associated with flap deployment. They could also theoreticaly help the airflow under the wings, not unlike flow fences.
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Pod Boy

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:26 am 

Thanks for your help guys!!
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