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Concorde Gear Question  
User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4617 times:

Hello all,

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.


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User currently offlineLuvAir From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

They're called deflectors and are there for shedding excess water.

[Edited 2006-11-07 19:27:25]

User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4516 times:

Quoting LuvAir (Reply 1):
They're called deflectors and are there for shedding excess water.

I have a feeling that those deflectors served a different purpose to which you stated, unless Concorde used to fly backwards.

 Smile

Check out this thread for more details....

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/165624

Rgds.


User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4482 times:

Those are Spray deflectors.

The Machine on the Left is G-AXDN Concorde Pre-Production machine which did not have the Deflectors fitted as they did not exhist while it was flying.

The Aircraft on the Right is an Operational machine G-BOAG which over its years of service gained many Addons of which the Spray deflectors are the most obviouse.

If you visit www.concordesst.com you can check out the Concorde and the diferent versions and se the many diferences between the Retired passenger fleet and the Prot types and Pre-production machines.


User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4444 times:

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 2):
I have a feeling that those deflectors served a different purpose to which you stated



Quoting Lurch (Reply 3):
Those are Spray deflectors.

Thanks for the link, I stand corrected!  Smile

This shows the landing gear in detail... http://www.concordesst.com/gear.html

Rgds.


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4344 times:
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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).



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4196 times:

The spray deflectors, or as some in BA called them, 'cow catchers', were a very late addition, after wet runway tests of production machines in 1975.

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