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Protrusion On A330 Freighter  
User currently offlinejagflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3462 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Can anyone tell me what the small hump around the nose gear bay is for?


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User currently offlinebeiaard From United States of America, joined May 2011, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

If I recall, the NLG was lengthened on the A330 freighter, and the bump was needed to facilitate the retraction of the longer strut.


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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2048 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

I can remembered if the NLG was lengthened or just mounted lower- but it is one of those. And to answer the inevitable question as to why: It is so the plane has a flat loading floor on the ground to make loading cargo easier (if you look at pax A332s on the ground you can see it has a nose down pitch).

User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Quoting Polot (Reply 2):

I can remembered if the NLG was lengthened or just mounted lower- but it is one of those

mounted lower so the undercarriage leg was the same as on the pax versions to maintain commonality

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...loor-to-ease-cargo-loading-211629/



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2055 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Polot is right.

The pax version has a shorter nose gear - why? It saves weight. The passengers do not care if the aircraft is tilted forward by some 1 or 2 degrees.

But the freight version has some issues with pallets if the aircraft isn't exactly level.


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