Re: Boeing 767 main gear tilt

Date:         28 Jul 97 01:13:29 
From:         Darren Rhodes <D.P.Rhodes@lboro.ac.uk>
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Francois Airault <fairault@compuserve.com> wrote:
>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 ?

The wheels tilt the 'other' way on the A340/A330 as this helps to spring
the aircraft into the air on rotation. I have heard Airbus claim it saves
100ft or so on the takeoff run.

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