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Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:39 pm

I was checking the stats on the A332F, and I notice that it's tail was 55 ft high like the A333, instead of 58 ft like the A332. Could the reason why the A332F has a shorter tail, is due the relocation of the nose gear ?
 
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RE: Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:41 pm

Im going out on a limb here but I think its to do with the fact that a bigger fin can counteract more thrust (one engine inop) and so with more thrust the aircraft can lift more cargo.

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RE: Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:49 am

Well I don't know for sure either but the height of the tail is also influenced by the angle of the plane with the ground. The regular A332 is pointing to the ground (on the ground), that is why they changed the front wheel, so they have a level floor on the ground. So the tail should be lower because of that alone... Not sure if there is a link with the A333 tail height. Maybe just randomness.
 
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RE: Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:03 am

Quoting flipdewaf (Reply 1):

Sorry, I thought you meant the other way, longer on the 332f. I would think it was to do Wight longer nose gear but it seems too perfect almost.

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RE: Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:03 am

I think the tails are the same height from the fuselage. However the pax version squats down forward so the tail sticks up further. The freight version requires a level floor so the nose gear is taller, meaning that the fuselage is pivoted further back on the mains and the tail is lower in the back. Works like a see-saw.
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RE: Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:26 am

I think someone here posted that Airbus has revised the vertical stablizer and rudder a few times in the A330 family. Might be simply be the difference between an early A332 with a current A332
 
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RE: Why The A332F Has A Short Tail Than The A332?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:44 am

Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 5):
I think someone here posted that Airbus has revised the vertical stablizer and rudder a few times in the A330 family. Might be simply be the difference between an early A332 with a current A332

No I think it's due to the nosegear modification on the 332F so it sits level on the ground to facilitate cargo loading. If you raise the nose, the top of the tail will be closer to the ground. I don't think there's any difference in the 332 and 332F vertical stabilizers.

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