Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21478 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
The A320 series has the same design. The only good reason I could think of would be that it´s self-centering that way... (maybe as another level of safety in case something happens to the actuators during takeoff or landing roll, or simply for smoother control with less vibrations at higher speeds)
B727fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1892 times:
Klaus I think you're right. In fact, German engineers have also implemented this sort of design characteristics in their cars. Turn the wheel on any German car full swing and you'll notice that wheels are slanted, thus resulting in more stability and better handling. But in case of planes, I think your explanation makes good sense.
You can bend any gear if you try hard enough. Some more than others. If anything it shows that it's well designed b/c you straighten it back out and the a/c has no issues. Think of a car in the intersection. If another car comes and hits it's back or front from the side it will spin (the hitting car (force) would be the power from the thrust) but if you hit it dead on right in the middle of the car it will go forward. This is simple physics, not the a/c.
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1586 times:
One advantage to a nose gear like this is that you can change a nose gear tire without having to jack the airplane. Just turn the nose gear all the way to the opposite side of the tire you need to change. The DC-9 has a similar feature and not having to jack the airplane has saved a lot of time.