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singpilot singpilot is offline
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Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: 22 miles south, then 11 miles west of LAS
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Flatbutt. The answer is yes! Usually the tires (actually bolted to the wheels at the bead) will roll off of the wheels as they blow. Is why we 'kick the crab' right before touchdown, align the aircraft heading almost with the runway. Requires rudder and some lowered upwind wing. The desired effect lasts for just a few seconds, but hopefully the tires touch as you run out of altitude and ideas simultaneously.


Was in SAN last week thursday. 171JC, a G4. Will say hello next time.

Talking about stress on the airframe.... Look closely at the pic of the 747SP exactly at touchdown. You can actually see the entire tail (fin and elevator) 'twist' (torque) from the severe sideways jolt. Compare the elevator to the wings, that is amazing. In the last one, you can really see how much rudder input was needed to keep the airplane on the runway. There are 2 rudders, an upper and a lower. The lower one deflects much more than the upper one because of the arm of the location on the fin. It's the lower one you see swinging waaaay out there.
No, I don't sing. Based there for too long.

Last edited by singpilot; 08-13-2005 at 09:04 PM..
Old 08-13-2005, 08:57 PM
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