Phoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4077 times:
The hull suggests it is a float/water plane and wheels are just used for towing (e.g. like a boat) or taxing. Vancouver airport is surrounded by water on 3 sides (or 2 can't remember), so there might be some way of landing in water and taxing on the tarmac. I might be completely wrong though.
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Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4070 times:
Its an amphibian. I would guess the manual recommends wheel landings only, no 3 pointers. Also, the struts look almost fully compressed. I imagine they would bottom out before you cause significant damage to the keel. If you have a really bad day, you might lose 1/16 of an inch or so, but those Grummans were built tough.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9294 posts, RR: 42 Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3636 times:
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 6): Whenever I look at that aircraft, I get this vision of pushing a shopping cart with the one bad front wheel. You know...the wheel that annoyingly flutters back and forth as you push the cart along.
It is equipped with an advanced belly-scrape-avoidance system, the Ground Entanglement Avoidance Roller. The system is rather complex and heavy, but has been found to almost completely avoid belly-scrapes in a vast number of aircraft types. You can see it in the linked picture, the round things at the bottom of the plane. It is often referred to as "the landing gear" or "undercarriage".
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