Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1396 times:
In that pic, you can clearly see the configuration for the An-225. There is a certian genius to this (Just like the C-130) config. Even though they will probably never use it for unimproved strips, if the need ever comes about, the first tire (in takeoff or landing) will cut a path through either the mud, or snow, or whatever, making less resistence for the rest of the tires. This is especially helpfull when you have 28 giant tires trying to cut their way through. It can make a big difference!
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
One of the most unusual airliners of all time had to be an East German four-engined airliner, of which two prototypes were built by VEB in the early 1960s. This oddball had two two-wheel main bogies in tandem under the fuselage, much like a Boeing B-52, with smaller struts that retracted into each of the underwing engine pods, as on the Il-18 Beagle.
(Dis)honorable mention to the following:
(1) The flying car designs, such as the ConVairCar and a prototype involving the wings and tail of a Cessna Skymaster mated to a Ford Pinto.
(2) The Convair Pogo, with wheels on its tail; this aeronautical wonder sat on its horizontal and vertical stabilizers with its nose pointed straight up, much like a rocket. As for accomplishing its goal of being able to take off without a runway, the plane performed admirably. The problem was how to land the thing in one piece....
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery