EHHO From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7 Posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5292 times:
I was looking at the new 1974 Concorde pic in the database (left) when I noticed that the plane didn't have the caps over the wheels of its landing gear, as opposed to them being present on most pics (right). Anyone know what they do? You can see them clearly as bars running in front of the main landing gear, and as kind of lock placed on the nose gear.
So, what is it, and why do earlier pics don't have 'em? Thanks.
EGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5019 times:
Lurch is quite right, the machine on the left is G-AXDN, or 01, which is currently preserved at Duxford, and has been since the 70's, she was a Pre-Production spec Concorde, or if you like, a second generation prototype.
On the right, we have G-BOAG, or 214, was a Production spec Concorde, the "Final" model, as it turned out.
They are indeed spray deflectors and weren't used on the two Prototypes (001 F-WTSS and 002 G-BSST), or the two Pre-production models (01 G-AXDN and 02 F-WTSA).