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User currently offlineRacers22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2215 times:

I was wondering if someone would tell me why they do not extend the gear bay doors all the way over the wheels on some of the smaller planes such as this AA CRJ-700?


Is it strictly to save money, or do the exposed wheels on smaller aircraft not cause much drag? The wheels are recessed into the belly of the plane, but I still would think that it would affect the aerodynamics somewhat. Anyone's thoughts on this would be helpful.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2187 times:

Weight, money, smaller parts count, less to break.

It doesn't really effect the aircraft since the mains are so back on the aircraft. They don't break the boundery layer so the drag increase isn't much.

Also it isn't just smaller aircraft that do this. The 737 is the same way.

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