|Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 13):|
Quoting Don81603 (Reply 12):
Okay, this is going to sound like a stupid question, and feel free to laugh as hard as you like, but would it be possible for them to extend the nose gear (after making sure it's still operational) to lift the nose off the ground, then tow it away and make the repairs, or do they have to jack it up and tow it away for repairs?
they have to jack it, they often slide a biginflatable under and inflate it to lift it off the ground!
I don't think the gear extension mechanism is anywhere near strong enough to lift the plane (what would be the point). The gear is only fit to hold the plane when it's locked.
EDIT: The exception to this rule might be planes that can kneel, like the An-124, where the nose gear will compress to allow loading from the nose door. However I believe the gear is actually in the down and locked position when it compresses. So in this case, with the gear in the well, the feature still wouldn't help.
[Edited 2006-01-26 18:55:17]
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