If you're on a test flight, relying on unproven equipment, why fiddle with nonessential equipment before you're able to shake down the essential stuff?
|Quoting KiloMikePapa (Reply 3):|
The gear is pretty essential ... for getting that expensive prototype and the possibly even more expensive test pilot back in a state allowing additional test flights
|Quoting UPSMD11 (Reply 9):|
We had a long slow taxi to the runway but the weather was warm, like 91F. Would that be a good reason, alone, to leave the gear down so long?
|Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 10):|
Was it a long flight (for a CR7)? Long slow taxi at high gross weight, plus warm weather, is a good situation to want tire and brake cooling after takeoff.
|Quoting Stratosphere (Reply 13):|
I was on a NW DC-10 into MSP that dropped the gear with no flaps pretty high up. The Capt came on and said we were a little high and he would be dropping the gear to lose altitude.