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Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?  
User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

Hi again, I have another A380 question. Look at this picture:


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It only has two main gear assemblies. I thought they were going to be four assemblies, two - 3 axle and two - 2 axle assemblies. Will the A380 have the same feature as the DC10 in which the center main landing gear can be stowed when the aircraft is in low weight? Thanks in advance


-Alfredo

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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

It is definitely going to have two more main gear added. They are belly-mounted and each bogey has 3 axles, similar to the 777.

In the photo above, you'll notice the aircraft has no engines (and presumably no interior) so it must be very light. The other wheels will be added before any additional weight is added.



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User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

Hi concord977, thanks for your response. It seems very logical that they will be fit later into the fuselage since the airplane is very lightweight at that moment.


-Alfredo


User currently offlineWilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

just a quick addition. Yes, there will certainly be another set of gear b4 this things hits the runway but just to note: I believe the two red objects hanging from each wing are actually weights to simulate engines.... (of course they probably aren't as heavy as the 4 engines will be)

Can anyone confirm this?

-WILCO


[Edited 2004-05-31 06:09:33]


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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

I believe the two red objects hanging from each wing are actually weights to simulate engines...(of course they probably aren't as heavy as the 4 engines will be)...Can anyone confirm this?

I'm pretty sure that they are indeed weights of some form, just to keep everything balanced while the engines aren't in place...

Cheers,
QantasA332


User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Didn't the older original conceptual drawing of the A3XX in 1996 have a nose wheel with 4 tires like the C-5 Galaxy? That is what I remember though I have not been able to find any old pix of such online.


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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Didn't the older original conceptual drawing of the A3XX in 1996 have a nose wheel with 4 tires like the C-5 Galaxy?

Yep. During the conceptual design stage, Airbus considered both two-wheel and four-wheel nose gear layouts (with the obvious eventual winner), meaning there are certainly drawings out there depicting 380s with C5-like nose gear...

Cheers,
QantasA332


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