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Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 12:08 pm

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


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RE: Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 12:47 pm

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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RE: Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 1:00 pm

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.


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RE: Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 1:07 pm

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


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RE: Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 2:27 pm

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...

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RE: Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 8:58 pm

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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RE: Is The A380 Having Only Two Mains?

Mon May 31, 2004 9:23 pm

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...

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