Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 634 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.
VH-OJO From Slovakia, joined Jan 2000, 238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 623 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.
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 599 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...