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Nosewheel Questions

Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:54 am


just a few questions about nosewheels on the heavies...

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Is 1 wheel made to be strong enough to take this?

how much weigh can they support?
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RE: Nosewheel Questions

Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:11 am

Yes, one nose wheel can carry the weight. The bulk of the aircraft's weight is carried by the main gear.
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RE: Nosewheel Questions

Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:14 am

When a plane lands, it'll always land on its main landing gear first, and then, it will slowly put down the nosewheel. It's not made to carry heavy weights.

The nosewheel has 2 functions: steer, and act as something to rest on. That's why it's so thin. Fuel tanks, wings, and engines are supported by the main landing gear.

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RE: Nosewheel Questions

Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:48 am

The MLG supports most of the Weight.The NLG much less.
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RE: Nosewheel Questions

Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:56 am

On Douglas aircraft it is. When you turn the hose wheel to near the limits the other wheel will come off the ground due to the tilt of the nose gear. It makes changing nose wheels easier. No jack is required.