Date: 14 Jul 97 20:27:02 From: D.P.Rhodes@lboro.ac.uk (Darren Rhodes) Organization: Loughborough University References: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Followups: 1
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On 13 Jul 97 01:25:53 , Kees de Lezenne Coulande > Maybe that's why it's not true. There is some confusion here between >the nose and the main undercarriage. Look at any picture of the Trident >with the undercarriage down. The nose gear has two wheels (one on each side >of the strut). The main gear, however, has four wheels on each strut and >all on the same axle (two on each side of the strut). The description above is the correct layout of the undercarriage on a Trident. The undercarriage is also fairly unique in that to stow the 4 wheels on a single main gear axle, the leg shortens and rotates through 90deg. so that the wheels occupy the minimum space possible. Of course the extra complexity added weight to the design - hence this approach hasn't been used since on civil aircraft.