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737-500 Nose Gear

Tue May 30, 2000 5:37 am

I have a post card with a 735 on it and it looks like the landing gear just folds up and the tires are exposed is it really this way or is it maybe painted the color of the tire.

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RE: 737-500 Nose Gear

Tue May 30, 2000 6:01 am

You are correct. There are no landing gear doors on any model of the 737. I believe it was weight concerns. But anyways, you are correct in believing that there are no gear doors.
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RE: 737-500 Nose Gear

Tue May 30, 2000 6:07 am

On the rear landing gear, there are no doors, but I think there ARE doors on the nose gear. Correct me if I am wrong.
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RE: 737-500 Nose Gear

Tue May 30, 2000 9:07 am

You are not wrong. The nosegear has doors, the mains do not.
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RE: 737-500 Nose Gear

Tue May 30, 2000 9:15 am

It is common to not have main gear doors. The Mach 0.92 Citation X (Ten) does not have gear door on the main gear. It is the fastest civil airplane except for the Concorde.
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RE: 737-500 Nose Gear

Tue May 30, 2000 4:18 pm

It indeed has no MLG doors, covering the tyres. This is done for cooling reasons as far as I know. Because the 737 is a short-haul aircraft with many landings a day. To leave the wheels uncovered, some airflow is created along the brakes. I can assure you they're hot after a landing. I once did a brake change during a turnaround (turnaround time 1 hour). Weneeded towels to protect ourselves against the heat.

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