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Bell 430 Landing Gear Vs S-76 Landing Gear  
User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2586 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4912 times:

Comparing these photos of the Bell 430 (230) and the Sikorski S-76 made me wonder why Bell chose this configuration for the 430 instead of the way Sikorski did for the S-76.

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IMO would have made the 430 look even sharper then it already is.   

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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

Well, the Bell's sponsons contain fuel tanks. And because the gear retract into them, valuable space inside the fuselage is saved.

The versions that have skids instead of retractable gear use the space that would otherwise house the gear for increased fuel capacity.

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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

Besided the benefit of extra fuel, I think the Bell 222/430 look way better than their contemporaries, with the stub wings rather then those without them.

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