Boeing 767 main gear tilt

Date:         10 Jul 97 17:46:11 
From:         "François Airault" <>
Organization: Air France
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Hi there,

Could someone explain why the B767 gear is tilted the "wrong" way, i.e.
front wheels down, instead of the seemingly more natural rear wheels
down design like the 747, 777 or A340 ?

Also, what kind of weight is required to force the rear wheels down
after touchdown ?  At low weights, the aircraft has a tendency to
"tiptoe" after landing. I think the A340 needs around 50 tons on the
mains to fully settle down.

Thank you,
Francois AF B767