Turboprop From Canada, joined May 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1519 times:
I've noticed on a 747 (all types) that the landing gear located on the outside hang on quite an angle compared to the inside gear. Why is this? What advantages does it give. As well the angled gear is on even smaller a/c like the A330 , 757 etc. Than on the Dc 10, MD-11 the gear don't hang on an angle. They appear to sit straight. As well on the 767's the gear hang on an angle but the opposite angle. They point slightly downward not upward.
Apart from always asking questions, I love this site an appreciate all your input. Later
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2761 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
I don't really have an answer, but I do have an interesting thing to note. When the new 777-300LR comes out, watch the gear carefully on takeoff. Boeing has designed it to be a kind of lever as the plane lifts off. I'm not sure of the exact term, but it is supposed to kind of tip-toe off the ground. This is done to increase the angle of takeoff and still preventing tail strikes. Can't wait to see. Anyone with more detailed info, I'd love to hear a more precise explaination.