747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3501 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3293 times:
I was checking the stats on the A332F, and I notice that it's tail was 55 ft high like the A333, instead of 58 ft like the A332. Could the reason why the A332F has a shorter tail, is due the relocation of the nose gear ?
A380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1103 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3254 times:
Well I don't know for sure either but the height of the tail is also influenced by the angle of the plane with the ground. The regular A332 is pointing to the ground (on the ground), that is why they changed the front wheel, so they have a level floor on the ground. So the tail should be lower because of that alone... Not sure if there is a link with the A333 tail height. Maybe just randomness.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17000 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3242 times:
I think the tails are the same height from the fuselage. However the pax version squats down forward so the tail sticks up further. The freight version requires a level floor so the nose gear is taller, meaning that the fuselage is pivoted further back on the mains and the tail is lower in the back. Works like a see-saw.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3169 times:
Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 5): I think someone here posted that Airbus has revised the vertical stablizer and rudder a few times in the A330 family. Might be simply be the difference between an early A332 with a current A332
No I think it's due to the nosegear modification on the 332F so it sits level on the ground to facilitate cargo loading. If you raise the nose, the top of the tail will be closer to the ground. I don't think there's any difference in the 332 and 332F vertical stabilizers.