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User currently offlineEI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Why does the IL62 have a back wheel which extends when it is parked.

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User currently offlineMIKEYYZ From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 856 times:

It's extended even when it's taxing. To my knowledge it's there to make sure that the 62 doesn't tip over to it's back.


User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 848 times:

No, the tail wheel isn't used during taxying. It is used to support the rear of the aircraft on the ground so that it does not tip onto its tail as it is loaded from the rear. The IL62's tail wheel DOES extend partially when it is taxying after landing, but it's not meant to support the aircraft when it is moving. Engine thrust keeps the tail up.  

User currently offlineVH-OJO From Slovakia, joined Jan 2000, 238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 837 times:

The back wheel is indeed used to support the aircraft on the ground, although the pilot sometimes lowers it down for taxiing as well. I have seen this many times. Incidently, does anyone know why the back wheel is turned 180 degrees on the older models ? In other words the wheel on some models is forward of the shaft but on most it is behind.

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 834 times:

On the lighter side - they might extend the rear wheel because they expe`t my mother-in-law to board the plane...it's happened before, see...

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That maybe wasn't on the "lighter" side after all...  

User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 824 times:

He, He!

Judging by that picture that little wheel can come in quite handy :-)

How did that happen o that 747 anyway? Where there any passangers on board at the time?

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 813 times:

That thing about the 747 had something with the cargo to do if I remember it right. There was a post about it not too long ago. I think they unloaded the front end before the rear...and one thing lead to the other...

Although I still think it was my mother-in-law...  

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