Re: tire gas ....

Date:         03 Oct 99 17:38:32 
From:         "Robert Wright" <>
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>can someone tell me why aircraft tires are filled with nitrogen, instead
>of air ?

    I believe it's for fire protection.  If you have to abort a takeoff or
make an emergency overweight landing and possibly blow tires or turn brakes
red-hot, you want an inert gas in the tires sitting next to those brakes.
There's probably an actual incident somewhere that this is based on, but I
can't think of it right now....