Re: Boeing 767 main gear tilt

Date:         28 Jul 97 01:13:29 
From: (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1997.1468@ohare.Chicago.COM>, wrote:
> >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.

I don't think it takes any weight at all.  When I've filmed 767s landing
on the forward trucks first, the rear trucks touch down immediately
afterward even though it's obvious the wing is still carrying a good part
of the plane's weight and the nose is still being held off in the flare.
To my knowledge, there is no spring force to be overcome.  The wheel
assemblies just hang naturally in that position, unlike the 777 main gear
which is powered into and out of its rearward slant position from the

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane