From: email@example.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) Organization: Boeing Date: 17 Jul 93 01:37:13 PDT
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Not to long ago, someone asked a question about landing gear design. Specifically, why some airplanes have those cool, tilted bogies on the mains. For those of you who haven't been able to sleep since seeing that question - relief is in sight. :-) Main gear bogies often have (relatively) small springs on them to put them in the proper position for stowage on retraction. They are designed to have that cant for efficient use of the space in the wheelwell, ie, the wheelwell can be made shorter, allowing more space in the lower hold for baggage, revenue cargo, ECS stuff, and sundry electronics. The truly observant will note that the 757s mains have the trailing tires down, and the 767s have the leading tires down. Hope that helps. :-) If you have any other obscure airplane configuration questions, don't hesitate to ask - I learn lots tracking this stuff down... -- Terry firstname.lastname@example.org "Anyone who thinks they can hold the company responsible for what I say has more lawyers than sense."