whpbur
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Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:21 am

 
flyusairways
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RE: Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:24 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it looks like a gravel deflector for unpaved runways. Some Boeing 737s have a similar feature.

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su184
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RE: Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:29 am

FOD (Foreign-Object-Damage) deflector due to low fuselage and fuselage- mounted engines, however it can be removed in case the deflector itself got damaged.
 
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RE: Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:33 am

Quoting Flyusairways (Reply 1):

You're right, and it was introduced with the DC-9-50.
 
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RE: Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:38 am

Do a forum search for "spray deflector" and thou shalt find a thread covering this very subject.  Wink

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RE: Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 7:10 am

On a related note http://www.hilmerby.com/ is a great MD-80/DC-9 site.
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RE: Object On Back Of MD-80 Nose Gear

Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:04 pm

Sure looks like a Gravel Deflector Assy.
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