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Concorde Gear Question

Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:38 am

Hello all,

I was looking at the new 1974 Concorde pic in the database (left) when I noticed that the plane didn't have the caps over the wheels of its landing gear, as opposed to them being present on most pics (right). Anyone know what they do? You can see them clearly as bars running in front of the main landing gear, and as kind of lock placed on the nose gear.

So, what is it, and why do earlier pics don't have 'em? Thanks.


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LuvAIr
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RE: Concorde Gear Question

Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:26 am

They're called deflectors and are there for shedding excess water.

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Jamie757
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RE: Concorde Gear Question

Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting LuvAir (Reply 1):
They're called deflectors and are there for shedding excess water.

I have a feeling that those deflectors served a different purpose to which you stated, unless Concorde used to fly backwards.

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Check out this thread for more details....

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/165624

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RE: Concorde Gear Question

Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:03 am

Those are Spray deflectors.

The Machine on the Left is G-AXDN Concorde Pre-Production machine which did not have the Deflectors fitted as they did not exhist while it was flying.

The Aircraft on the Right is an Operational machine G-BOAG which over its years of service gained many Addons of which the Spray deflectors are the most obviouse.

If you visit www.concordesst.com you can check out the Concorde and the diferent versions and se the many diferences between the Retired passenger fleet and the Prot types and Pre-production machines.
 
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RE: Concorde Gear Question

Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:32 am

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 2):
I have a feeling that those deflectors served a different purpose to which you stated



Quoting Lurch (Reply 3):
Those are Spray deflectors.

Thanks for the link, I stand corrected!  Smile

This shows the landing gear in detail... http://www.concordesst.com/gear.html

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RE: Concorde Gear Question

Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:59 am

Lurch is quite right, the machine on the left is G-AXDN, or 01, which is currently preserved at Duxford, and has been since the 70's, she was a Pre-Production spec Concorde, or if you like, a second generation prototype.

On the right, we have G-BOAG, or 214, was a Production spec Concorde, the "Final" model, as it turned out.

They are indeed spray deflectors and weren't used on the two Prototypes (001 F-WTSS and 002 G-BSST), or the two Pre-production models (01 G-AXDN and 02 F-WTSA).
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RE: Concorde Gear Question

Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:12 am

The spray deflectors, or as some in BA called them, 'cow catchers', were a very late addition, after wet runway tests of production machines in 1975.

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