Couple of notes:
Earlier (shorter) DC-9 aircraft did use chined tires on the nosewheel.
The spray deflector on the MD
-80 nose gear required a new towbar because it was about an inch wider. I believe the newer towbars could also handle the earlier nines.
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how it gets all the way back to the engines is really pretty clear if you think in terms of time rather than distance. The nosewheel throws up a roostertail of water or slush, throwing out to the sides, maybe 15 or 20 feet in the air - and it moves on. It takes the water a second or so to fly up that high and fall back to the runway, but during that second or so, the engines have arrived on the scene. By 88 knots, the MD
-80 is traveling its own length each second and it is accelerating.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.