DC10 / MD11 Gear

Date:         08 Sep 97 02:03:54 
From:         "john r." <john@guava.demon.co.uk>
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I was once told that the DC10 airfrane was much harder on its tyres and
undercarriage due to the fact that on takeoff very little lift is
generated by the wings untill rotation. I think it was only 10 - 15% of
the weight transfered.
Compared with the 747 and L1011 which had values more like 30%.
Sitting in a 747 you can watch the wings rise a lot befor rotation.

Could this explain the many landing and t/off incidents of the DC10 /
Does anyone have any facts ?

john r.